Selfish genetic elements and plant genome size evolution

Trends Plant Sci. 2015 Apr;20(4):195-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 20.


Plants have contributed extensively to our understanding of selfish genetic elements. Most recently, the sequencing of the Arabis alpina genome shows how the co-evolutionary arms race between transposable elements and the silencing machinery employed to control them may drive the evolution of genome size.

Keywords: Arabis alpina; selfish genetic elements; transposable elements.

MeSH terms

  • Arabis / genetics*
  • DNA Transposable Elements*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genome Size*
  • Genome, Plant*


  • DNA Transposable Elements