Paternal leakage, heteroplasmy, and the evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes.

  title={Paternal leakage, heteroplasmy, and the evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes.},
  author={David E. McCauley},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  volume={200 4},
Plant mitochondrial genomes are usually transmitted to the progeny from the maternal parent. However, cases of paternal transmission are known and are perhaps more common than once thought. This review will consider recent evidence, both direct and indirect, of paternal transmission (leakage) of the mitochondrial genome of seed plants, especially in natural populations, and how this can result in offspring that carry a mixture of maternally and paternally derived copies of the genome; a type of… CONTINUE READING
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