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Epigenetic contribution to transgenerational inheritance.

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Host: Ian Furner

Large proportions of eukaryotic genomes consist of epigenetically silenced transposable elements (TEs), predominantly retrotransposons. These are generally considered to be intra-chromosomal parasites. However, their periodical bursts of activity have influenced the organization of host genomes and contributed to beneficial traits. Remarkably, a number of what turned out to be transposon-generated phenotypic innovations were selected by humans during plant domestication and breeding. Therefore, TEs can be considered as an attractive endogenous source of genetic variation. I will discuss whether there are technical means to exploit this potential in a controlled fashion in plants to induce genetic and epigenetic variation in responses to abiotic stresses.

This talk is part of the Genetics Seminar series.

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