Influence of various factors on plant homologuous recombination

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Boyko, Oleksandr
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2004
The genome of living organisms is constantly subjected to the environmental influences that result in different negative, negligible or positive impacts. The ability to maintain the genome integrity and simultaneously provide its flexibility is the main determinant for the evolutionary success of any species. One of the important aspects of genome maintenance is the precise regulation of the DNA repair machinery. Results reported here indicate the existence of a tight, age-dependent regulation of homologous recombination, one of the two main DNA double-strand break repair pathways. We show that recombination is influenced by conditions such as the change of temperature (cold or warm), day length, water availability (drought or overwatering stress) and salinity. These stresses not only influence the genome stability of stress-subjected generations but also change the recombination in subsequent generations. This indicates the possible involvement of homologous recombination in plant evolution and development of plant stress tolerance.
xiv, 121 leaves ; 29 cm.
Plants -- Evolution , Plants -- Effect of stress on -- Genetic aspects , Plant genomes , Plant genetics , Genetic recombination -- Research , Dissertations, Academic