Genetic and molecular dissection of naturally occurring variation

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2001 Apr;4(2):130-5. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5266(00)00148-5.


Recent progress in plant genome analysis has made it possible to examine the naturally occurring allelic variation underlying complex traits. Many studies have described the genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci for several kinds of complex phenotypic traits. Some researchers have taken up the challenge of performing the molecular cloning of genes at these loci, and examples of cloning have recently been reported. Naturally occurring allelic variation could be a new resource for the functional analysis of plant genes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Plants, Genetically Modified
  • Quantitative Trait, Heritable