Developmental regulation of plant mitochondrial genome structure and copy number [ 2007 - 2007 ]

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Researchers Prof ID Small; Prof JM Whelan; Dr J Gualberto

Brief description Recombination is a major driving force behind mitochondrial DNA evolution and is responsible for the occurrence of cytoplasmic male sterile plants that are used by plant breeders to obtain high yield hybrids. A better understanding of the mechanisms that underlie mitochondrial and chloroplast genome maintenance and segregation will be a major fundamental scientific advance that will permit an integrated picture of the interactions between the three plant genomes (nuclear, mitochondrial and chloroplastic). It is also a pre-requisite for the future manipulation of the cytoplasmic genomes leading to new ways to develop varieties with modified cytoplasms.

Funding Amount $59,608

Funding Scheme Linkage International

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