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UF study: 'Rules' may govern genome evolution in young plant species
Date:1/19/2012

ogy and member of the UF Genetics Institute. "The availability of cost-effective, high-throughput genomics technologies has enabled us to examine this important phenomenon in this young species."

The two-year study was funded by UF and the National Science Foundation. Study co-authors include Srikar Chamala of the UF Genetics Institute, Wei Wu and Pat Schnable of Iowa State University and Jennifer Tate of Massey University in New Zealand.

"Polyploidy, the duplication of whole genomes, is a huge and really important process in plant genetics and plant evolution, and what the Soltises have is a beautiful system for studying these early stages of polyploid formation in nature," said Jeffrey Doyle, a plant biology professor at Cornell University. "If you know something about the rules by which genomes evolve, you may be able to predict what's going to happen when you try to genetically engineer something."


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Contact: Pam Soltis
psoltis@flmnh.ufl.edu
352-359-0558
University of Florida
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