Transposition in Plants

  • A. Gierl
  • H. Saedler
Part of the Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology book series (NUCLEIC, volume 3)


Variegation is seen in plants as irregularities in patterns on leaves, flowers or seeds. Variegation can often be attributed to mutable alleles which are charaterized by frequent reversion to wild-type or to a new, intermediate condition in somatic and germinal cells. Mutable alleles have been genetically defined in at least 34 plant species (for review see Nevers et al. 1986). Barbara McClintock (1950) proposed long before the molecular isolation of transposable elements that discrete, transposable genetic units are responsible for certain cases of variegation in maize.


Transposable Element Terminal Inverted Repeat Target Site Duplication Plant Element Maize Transposable Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Gierl
  • H. Saedler
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für ZüchtungsforschungKöln 30Germany

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