The glucosinolate-myrosinase system in an ecological and evolutionary context.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Functional analysis of natural variation in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana has enabled the cloning of many glucosinolate biosynthesis and hydrolysis genes. Variation in these genes is central to understanding the ecological role of the glucosinolate-myrosinase defense system, and allows us to dissect the evolutionary and ecological forces that shape polymorphism at underlying loci. These same genes are also variable in other crucifer species, suggesting the presence of recurring selection, possibly mediated by insects. By utilizing the genomic tools available in A. thaliana to investigate these loci fully, it might be possible to generate detailed evolutionary or ecological models to apply to other species.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kliebenstein, DJ; Kroymann, J; Mitchell-Olds, T

Published Date

  • June 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 264 - 271

PubMed ID

  • 15860423

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0356

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1369-5266

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pbi.2005.03.002


  • eng