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To unlock the potential of epigenetic variation for crop improvement, it will be crucial to understand how epigenetic variation is established and how it is stably inherited across generations. Springer and Schmitz review these challenges, the different sources of epigenetic variation in plants, and how epigenome profiling and engineering could help to improve crops.
Original Article: Exploiting induced and natural epigenetic variation for crop improvementNEXT ARTICLE
The development and maintenance of an organism is orchestrated by a set of chemical reactions that switch parts of the genome off and on at strategic times and locations. Epigenetics is the study of these reactions and the factors that influence them. ...
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, an...