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Emerging Model Species for Developmental, Evolutionary and Functional Analyses

Willis, John H [1].

Mimulus is an emerging model system for evolutionary and ecological genomics.

The plant genus Mimulus is rapidly emerging as a model system for studies of evolutionary and ecological functional genomics. Mimulus contains a wide array of phenotypic, ecological, and genomic diversity. Numerous studies have proven the experimental tractability of Mimulus in laboratory and field studies. Genomic resources currently under development are making Mimulus an excellent system for the determination of the genetic and genomic basis of adaptation and speciation. Here, we present an overview of diversity in the genus Mimulus and highlight how direct genetic studies of the closely related taxa in the Mimulus guttatus species complex are addressing a wide spectrum of ecological and evolutionary questions. Research on Mimulus that integrates ecology and genetics with bioinformatics and genome technology offers great promise for exploring the mechanistic basis of adaptive evolution and the genetics of speciation.


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1 - Duke University, Biology Department, 124 Science Drive, 3314 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC, 27708, USA

Keywords:
Mimulus
adaptation
Speciation.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY05
Location: Stevens 1/Hilton
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: SY05008
Abstract ID:2059


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