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Role of Horizontal Gene Transfer in Evolution of the Plant Genome

  • Nageswara Rao Reddy Neelapu
  • Malay Ranjan Mishra
  • Titash Dutta
  • Surekha ChallaEmail author
Chapter

Abstract

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) transmits genetic material across species via more than ten possible mechanisms in nature. HGT is well studied, and accumulated evidence shows that HGT has contributed to transfer of genetic material and the evolution of the plant genome. This evolution in the plant genome aids plants in adapting to changing environment conditions. In this chapter we focus on the mechanism of contacts between two species, vectors, and acquisition of genetic elements, and also discuss the possible impacts on the evolution of plants.

Keywords

Horizontal gene transfer Genome evolution Adaptation Plant genome Genetic material Donor Recipient 

Notes

Acknowledgments

C.S., M.R.M., T.D., and N.N.R. are grateful to GITAM (Deemed to be University) for providing necessary facilities to carry out the research work and for extending constant support.

Authors’ Contribution

C.S., M.R.M., T.D., and N.N.R. initiated the review, participated in writing, and revised the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that there is no potential conflict of interest.

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  • Nageswara Rao Reddy Neelapu
    • 1
  • Malay Ranjan Mishra
    • 2
  • Titash Dutta
    • 1
  • Surekha Challa
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and BioinformaticsInstitute of Science, Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM Deemed to be University)VisakhapatnamIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyInstitute of Technology, Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM Deemed to be University)VisakhapatnamIndia

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