Karyotype and genome evolution in pteridophytes

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Although genomics is a field often discussed as a recent development brought upon by the advent of next-generation sequencing technologies, the roots of genomics extend to at least the early twentieth century. Rather than running a gel or assembling sequence reads on a server, early cytologists squashed and stained actively dividing cells and viewed them under a microscope to reveal a variety of chromosome features including numbers, sizes, and pairing behavior. These data revolutionized our perspective of plant species, and provoked numerous questions about genome evolution, some of which endure today. Among these long-standing questions is how the high chromosome numbers of homosporous ferns and lycophytes evolved and are maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlant Genome Diversity Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationPhysical Structure, Behaviour and Evolution of Plant Genomes
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Vienna
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783709111604
ISBN (Print)9783709111598
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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