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Homologous Recombination and Gene Silencing in Plants

  • Jerzy Paszkowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Patricia L. Conklin, Maureen R. Hanson
    Pages 61-81
  3. Pal Maliga, Jeffrey Staub, Helaine Carrer, Ivan Kanevski, Zora Svab
    Pages 83-93
  4. Conrad P. Lichtenstein, Jerzy Paszkowski, Barbara Hohn
    Pages 95-122
  5. Alain F. Tissier, Ethan R. Signer
    Pages 157-166
  6. Csaba Koncz, Kinga Németh, George P. Rédei, Jeff Schell
    Pages 167-189
  7. Stephan Ohl, Remko Offringa, Peter J. M. Van Den Elzen, Paul J. J. Hooykaas
    Pages 191-217
  8. Joan T. Odell, Sandra H. Russell
    Pages 219-270
  9. Marjori Matzke, Antonius J. M. Matzke, Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid
    Pages 271-307
  10. Joseph N. M. Mol, Rik Van Blokland, Pieter De Lange, Maike Stam, Jan M. Kooter
    Pages 309-334
  11. Nina V. Fedoroff, Vicki Chandler
    Pages 349-385

About this book

Introduction

Higher eukaryotes are characterized by the allocation of distinct functions to numerous types of differentiated cells. Whereas in animals the well-defined, protected cells of the germ line separate early, germ cells in plants differentiate from somatic cells only after many cycles of mitotic division. Therefore somatic mutations in plants can be transmitted via the germ cells to the progeny. There is thus a clear need for somatic tissues to maintain their genetic integrity in the face of environmental challenges, and two types of interactions have been shown to play important roles in the conservation as well as flexibility of plant genomes: homologous recombination of repeated sequences and silencing of multiplied genes. Sensitive methods have been developed that allow greater insights into the dynamics of the genome. This book summarizes current knowledge and working hypotheses about the frequencies and mechanisms of mitochondrial, plastid, nuclear and viral recombination and the inactivation of repeated genes in plants. Despite rapid developments in the field, it is often not possible to provide final answers. Thus, it is an additional task of this book to define the open questions and future challenges.
The book is addressed to scientists working on plant biology and recombination, to newcomers in the field and to advanced biology students.

Keywords

DNA Expression conservation gene expression genes transcription

Editors and affiliations

  • Jerzy Paszkowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich Miescher InstituteBaselSwitzerland

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