Life at the extreme: lessons from the genome

Genome Biol. 2012;13(3):241. doi: 10.1186/gb-2012-13-3-241.


Extremophile plants thrive in places where most plant species cannot survive. Recent developments in high-throughput technologies and comparative genomics are shedding light on the evolutionary mechanisms leading to their adaptation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / genetics*
  • Biological Evolution
  • Cold Temperature
  • DNA Copy Number Variations
  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Epigenesis, Genetic
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Genomics
  • Hot Temperature
  • MicroRNAs
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Salinity
  • Tandem Repeat Sequences


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • MicroRNAs