Natural and artificially induced genetic variability in crop and model plant species for plant systems biology

  • Christophe Rothan
  • Mathilde Causse
Part of the Experientia Supplementum book series (EXS, volume 97)


The sequencing of plant genomes which was completed a few years ago for Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa is currently underway for numerous crop plants of commercial value such as maize, poplar, tomato grape or tobacco. In addition, hundreds of thousands of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) are publicly available that may well represent 40–60% of the genes present in plant genomes. Despite its importance for life sciences, genome information is only an initial step towards understanding gene function (functional genomics) and deciphering the complex relationships between individual genes in the framework of gene networks. In this chapter we introduce and discuss means of generating and identifying genetic diversity, i.e., means to genetically perturb a biological system and to subsequently analyse the systems response, e.g., the changes in plant morphology and chemical composition. Generating and identifying genetic diversity is in its own right a highly powerful resource of information and is established as an invaluable tool for systems biology.


Quantitative Trait Locus Reverse Genetic Quantitative Trait Locus Detection Curr Opin Plant Biol Model Plant Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christophe Rothan
    • 1
  • Mathilde Causse
    • 2
  1. 1.INRA-UMR 619 Biologie des FruitsIBVI-INRA BordeauxVillenave d’Ornon cedexFrance
  2. 2.Unité de Génétique et Amélioration des Fruits et LégumesINRA-UR 1052Montfavet cedexFrance

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