This article is part of a special issue on epigenomics.
Epialleles in plant evolution
1 Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, 72076, Germany
2 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Institut de Biologie de l'ENS (IBENS), Paris, F-75005, France
3 CNRS UMR 8197, Paris, F-75005, France
4 Inserm U1024, Paris, F-75005, France
Genome Biology 2012, 13:249 doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-10-249Published: 11 October 2012
Heritable phenotypic differences caused by epigenetic modifications, rather than DNA sequence mutations, pose a challenge to our understanding of natural variation. Here, we review what is known about plant epialleles and the role of epigenetics in evolution.