Polyploidy: Multiple genomes at core of mystery of plant evolution

A new understanding of the evolutionary history of plants has been revealed by University of Aberdeen scientists. The findings – published in Science – pave the way for fresh insights into how plants adapt to their environment.

It is already known that duplication of the genome – known as polyploidy – occurred shortly before important points in evolutionary history where plants species multiplied and diversified, but until now the link between genome duplication and these important bursts of plant evolution has not been understood.

It’s hoped this knowledge could lead to new strategies for improved crop yields to meet the demands of the world’s growing population, in the future.

Read the full,original story here: New insight into the evolution of plants could prompt agricultural advances – A new understanding of the evolutionary history of plants has been revealed by University of Aberdeen scientists

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