The contributions of retroelements to plant genome organization, function and evolution

Trends Microbiol. 1996 Sep;4(9):347-53. doi: 10.1016/0966-842x(96)10042-1.


Plant genomes are rich in mobile DNAs of several retroelement classes. The great abundance, broad dispersion, and hypervariability of plant retroelements indicate that they make a major contribution to host genome organization, function and evolution.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Mutagenesis, Insertional
  • Retroelements / genetics*
  • Retroviridae / genetics


  • Retroelements