Epialleles in plant evolution

Genome Biol. 2012 Oct 11;13(10):249. doi: 10.1186/gb-2012-13-10-249.


Heritable phenotypic differences caused by epigenetic modifications, rather than DNA sequence mutations, pose a challenge to our understanding of natural variation. Here, we review what is known about plant epialleles and the role of epigenetics in evolution.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • DNA Methylation
  • Epigenesis, Genetic*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genes, Plant
  • Heredity
  • Mutation
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid