Experimental alteration of DNA methylation affects the phenotypic plasticity of ecologically relevant traits in Arabidopsis thaliana

@article{Bossdorf2010ExperimentalAO,
  title={Experimental alteration of DNA methylation affects the phenotypic plasticity of ecologically relevant traits in Arabidopsis thaliana},
  author={Oliver Bossdorf and D Arcuri and Christina L. Richards and Massimo Pigliucci},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={24},
  pages={541-553}
}
Heritable phenotypic variation in plants can be caused not only by underlying genetic differences, but also by variation in epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation. However, we still know very little about how relevant such epigenetic variation is to the ecology and evolution of natural populations. We conducted a greenhouse experiment in which we treated a set of natural genotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana with the demethylating agent 5-azacytidine and examined the consequences of this… Expand

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