Palaeogenomics of plants: Synteny-based modelling of extinct ancestors

Michael Abrouk, Florent Murat, Caroline Pont, Joachim Messing, Scott Jackson, Thomas Faraut, Eric Tannier, Christophe Plomion, Richard Cooke, Catherine Feuillet, Jérôme Salse

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In the past ten years, international initiatives have led to the development of large sets of genomic resources that allow comparative genomic studies between plant genomes at a high level of resolution. Comparison of map-based genomic sequences revealed shared intra-genomic duplications, providing new insights into the evolution of flowering plant genomes from common ancestors. Plant genomes can be presented as concentric circles, providing a new reference for plant chromosome evolutionary relationships and an efficient tool for gene annotation and cross-genome markers development. Recent palaeogenomic data demonstrate that whole-genome duplications have provided a motor for the evolutionary success of flowering plants over the last 50-70 million years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-487
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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