Recombination: an underappreciated factor in the evolution of plant genomes

Nat Rev Genet. 2007 Jan;8(1):77-84. doi: 10.1038/nrg1970.


Our knowledge of recombination rates and patterns in plants is far from being comprehensive. However, compelling evidence indicates a central role for recombination, through its influences on mutation and selection, in the evolution of plant genomes. Furthermore, recombination seems to be generally higher and more variable in plants than in animals, which could be one of the primary reasons for differences in genome lability between these two kingdoms. Much additional study of recombination in plants is needed to investigate these ideas further.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Crossing Over, Genetic
  • Gene Duplication
  • Gene Order
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Models, Genetic
  • Mutation
  • Plants / genetics
  • Polyploidy
  • Recombination, Genetic*
  • Species Specificity