Polyploidy, Plants, and Electrophoresis
In the last fifteen years the ability to characterize levels of genetic variation in animals using electrophoresis has produced a revolution of knowledge and interest. Similar studies in plants have lagged behind. A review of animal studies (1) lists 129 species (ten systems criterion), while a parallel review of plant studies (2) lists only 61 species, few of them investigated in comparable detail. The reasons for this disparity are partly technical and partly concern the different approach that plant biologists have utilized in their electrophoretic research. This paper attempts to document some of the present technical limitations and conceptual opportunities offered to plant biologists by electrophoresis.
KeywordsStarch Dioxide Phenol DMSO Electrophoresis
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