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Heterosis: The genetic basis of hybrid vigour

A new large-scale sequencing and phenotyping experiment of hybrid rice varieties leads to associations with genetic determinants whose mode of action was revealed.

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Figure 1: The hybrid rice, Liang-You-Pei-Jiu (LYP-9), grown in the China National Rice Research Institute in Hangzhou, China.

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Birchler, J. Heterosis: The genetic basis of hybrid vigour. Nature Plants 1, 15020 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nplants.2015.20

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