Polyploidy: A Biological Force From Cells to Ecosystems.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Polyploidy, resulting from the duplication of the entire genome of an organism or cell, greatly affects genes and genomes, cells and tissues, organisms, and even entire ecosystems. Despite the wide-reaching importance of polyploidy, communication across disciplinary boundaries to identify common themes at different scales has been almost nonexistent. However, a critical need remains to understand commonalities that derive from shared polyploid cellular processes across organismal diversity, levels of biological organization, and fields of inquiry - from biodiversity and biocomplexity to medicine and agriculture. Here, we review the current understanding of polyploidy at the organismal and suborganismal levels, identify shared research themes and elements, and propose new directions to integrate research on polyploidy toward confronting interdisciplinary grand challenges of the 21st century.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fox, DT; Soltis, DE; Soltis, PS; Ashman, T-L; Van de Peer, Y

Published Date

  • September 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 688 - 694

PubMed ID

  • 32646579

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7484144

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-3088

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tcb.2020.06.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England