Genetic variation controls predation: Benefits of being a mosaic

Posted: 20/02/2013 by arilab in General, Science we read

Genetic variation controls predation: Benefits of being a mosaic.

A genetically mosaic Eucalyptus tree is able to control which leaves are saved from predation because of alterations in its genes, finds an study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Plant Biology. Between two leaves of the same tree there can be many genetic differences — this study found ten SNP, including ones in genes that regulate terpene production, which influence whether or not a leaf is edible.

 

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