Plant genetics

Plant genetics deals with heredity in plants, specifically mechanisms of hereditary transmission and variation of inherited characteristics. Plant genetics differs from animal genetics in a number of ways: somatic mutations can contribute to the germ line more easily as flowers develop at the end of branches composed of somatic cells; polyploidy is more common; and plants additionally contain chloroplastic DNA.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    The African Orphan Crops Consortium promotes the strategic, genome-enabled improvement of under-researched crops for biodiversity-based, nutritious food solutions in Africa. The African Plant Breeding Academy empowers the continent’s plant breeders to apply advanced genetic approaches and shared genetic solutions to the task of tailoring the immense diversity of underutilized crops to the needs of Africa’s producers, processors and consumers.

    • Ramni Jamnadass
    • , Rita H. Mumm
    • , Iago Hale
    • , Prasad Hendre
    • , Alice Muchugi
    • , Ian K. Dawson
    • , Wayne Powell
    • , Lars Graudal
    • , Howard Yana-Shapiro
    • , Anthony J. Simons
    •  & Allen Van Deynze
    Nature Genetics 52, 356-360
  • News and Views |

    New genome sequences for early-branching, aquatic flowering plants provide fresh insights into angiosperm phylogeny as well as key resources for deciphering their genome adaptive landscapes.

    • Victor A. Albert
    •  & Tanya Renner
    Nature Plants 6, 181-183
  • News and Views |

    Two genomes of the closest algal sisters to land plants were sequenced, providing potential evidence that bacterial genes were key in adapting to terrestrial stresses.

    • Jan de Vries
    •  & Stefan A. Rensing
    Nature Plants 6, 7-8