Meiosis and its deviations in polyploid plants

L. Grandont, E. Jenczewski, Andrew Lloyd

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Meiosis is a fundamental process in all sexual organisms that ensures fertility and genome stability and creates genetic diversity. For each of these outcomes, the exclusive formation of crossovers between homologous chromosomes is needed. This is more difficult to achieve in polyploid species which have more than 2 sets of chromosomes able to recombine. In this review, we describe how meiosis and meiotic recombination 'deviate' in polyploid plants compared to diploids, and give an overview of current knowledge on how they are regulated. See also the sister article focusing on animals by Stenberg and Saura in this themed issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalCytogenetic and Genome Research
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromosome Pairing
  • Chromosomes, Plant
  • Crossing Over, Genetic
  • Diploidy
  • Genes, Plant
  • Genetic Loci
  • Genetic Speciation
  • Genetic Variation
  • Meiosis
  • Polyploidy
  • Triticum/genetics


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