Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 111, Issue 3, pp 383–388

Molecular genetic mapping and plant evolutionary biology

  • Hiroyuki Shibaike

DOI: 10.1007/BF02507802

Cite this article as:
Shibaike, H. J. Plant Res. (1998) 111: 383. doi:10.1007/BF02507802


With the advent of molecular genetic mapping, it is possible to study the genetic basis of natural heritable variation in new ways. Here, three potential uses of molecular genetic mapping in plant ecology and evolutionary biology are discussed; (1) accurate estimation of genetic parameters, (2) understanding speciation and/or adaptation, and (3) investigating whole genome organization. Basic methods for mapping genes and important mapping strategies are outlined. Recent studies are introduced to illustrate progress so far in applying the new methods in ecological and evolutionary research.

Key words

Adaptation Genetic markers Interval mapping Linkage map QTL Speciation 

Copyright information

© The Botanical Society of Japan 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Shibaike
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany, Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Vegetation Conservation LaboratoryNational Institute of Agro-Environmental SciencesTsukubaJapan

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