Horizontal transfer of chloroplast genomes between plant species.

  title={Horizontal transfer of chloroplast genomes between plant species.},
  author={Sandra Stegemann and Mandy Keuthe and Stephan Greiner and Ralph Bock},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 7},
The genomes of DNA-containing cell organelles (mitochondria, chloroplasts) can be laterally transmitted between organisms, a process known as organelle capture. Organelle capture often occurs in the absence of detectable nuclear introgression, and the capture mechanism is unknown. Here, we have considered horizontal genome transfer across natural grafts as a mechanism underlying chloroplast capture in plants. By grafting sexually incompatible species, we show that complete chloroplast genomes… CONTINUE READING
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