Genetic mechanisms and evolutionary significance of natural variation in Arabidopsis.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Genomic studies of natural variation in model organisms provide a bridge between molecular analyses of gene function and evolutionary investigations of adaptation and natural selection. In the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, recent studies of natural variation have led to the identification of genes underlying ecologically important complex traits, and provided new insights about the processes of genome evolution, geographic population structure, and the selective mechanisms shaping complex trait variation in natural populations. These advances illustrate the potential for a new synthesis to elucidate mechanisms for the adaptive evolution of complex traits from nucleotide sequences to real-world environments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mitchell-Olds, T; Schmitt, J

Published Date

  • June 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 441 / 7096

Start / End Page

  • 947 - 952

PubMed ID

  • 16791187

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-4687

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-0836

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nature04878


  • eng