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 AS  Vol.6 No.9 , September 2015
Recent Advances in Understanding Plant Heterosis
Abstract: Although heterosis is widely utilized in crop production, its genetic and molecular basis is still elusive. It is arguably that heterosis arises in crosses between genetically and/or epigenetically distinct individuals. Various genetic models have been proposed to explain heterosis, such as dominance and overdominance hypothesis. With the recent advancements in functional genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics-related technologies, systems-level approaches have been adopted to understand the molecular basis of heterosis. In this review, we gather a brief account of findings from various studies in order to better understand the genetic and molecular basis of heterosis.
Cite this paper: Feng, S. , Chen, X. , Wu, S. and Chen, X. (2015) Recent Advances in Understanding Plant Heterosis. Agricultural Sciences, 6, 1033-1038. doi: 10.4236/as.2015.69098.
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