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The promise of genomics in the study of plant-pollinator interactions

Elizabeth L Clare1, Florian P Schiestl2, Andrew R Leitch1 and Lars Chittka1*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK

2 Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Zollikerstrasse 107, CH-8008 Zürich, Switzerland

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:207  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-6-207

Published: 24 June 2013

Abstract

Flowers exist in exceedingly complex fitness landscapes, in which subtle variation in each trait can affect the pollinators, herbivores and pleiotropically linked traits in other plant tissues. A whole-genome approach to flower evolution will help our understanding of plant-pollinator interactions.

Keywords:
Adaptation; coevolution; ecological genomics; hybridization; polyploidy; sensory systems; standing genetic variation; transcriptome