Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics of Non-Model Plants.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Dissecting evolutionary dynamics of ecologically important traits is a long-term challenge for biologists. Attempts to understand natural variation and molecular mechanisms have motivated a move from laboratory model systems to non-model systems in diverse natural environments. Next generation sequencing methods, along with an expansion of genomic resources and tools, have fostered new links between diverse disciplines, including molecular biology, evolution, and ecology, and genomics. Great progress has been made in a few non-model wild plants, such as Arabidopsis relatives, monkey flowers, and wild sunflowers. Until recently, the lack of comprehensive genomic information has limited evolutionary and ecological studies to larger QTL regions rather than single gene resolution, and has hindered recognition of general patterns of natural variation and local adaptation. Further efforts in accumulating genomic data and developing bioinformatic and biostatistical tools are now poised to move this field forward. Integrative national and international collaborations and research communities are needed to facilitate development in the field of evolutionary and ecological genomics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Song, B-H; Mitchell-Olds, T

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 24

PubMed ID

  • 21394233

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3050529

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1759-6831

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1674-4918

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1759-6831.2010.00111.x


  • eng