Meiosis: Recombination and the Control of Cell Division

  • Eric Jenczewski
  • Raphael Mercier
  • Nicolas Macaisne
  • Christine Mézard


Meiosis is a key step in sexual reproduction.. It is required for the production of gametes, consequently fertility, and generates diversity by scrambling parental genotypes. Thus, it is central to plant genome evolution The last ten years have provided a huge step forward in our understanding of chromosome recombination and segregation in plants, with more than 50 genes identified and the deciphering of molecular mechanisms Here we review all these findings on plant meiotic recombination and chromosome dynamics, including both diploid and polyploid species. We discuss their similarities and differences compared to other model species. It appears that there is now an integrated framework to better evaluate how meiosis and recombination have driven plant genome evolution and how genome structure reciprocally impacts meiotic processes.


Sister Chromatid Homologous Chromosome Synaptonemal Complex Meiotic Recombination Homoeologous Chromosome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Jenczewski
    • 1
  • Raphael Mercier
    • 2
  • Nicolas Macaisne
    • 2
  • Christine Mézard
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut Jean-Pierre BourginInstitut National de RechercheAgronomique, cedexFrance
  2. 2.Institut Jean-Pierre BourginInstitut National de Recherche AgronomiqueVersailles, cedexFrance
  3. 3.Institut Jean-Pierre BourginInstitut National de Recherche AgronomiqueVersailles, cedexFrance

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