Pleiotropic effects of the duplicate maize FLORICAULA/LEAFY genes zfl1 and zfl2 on traits under selection during maize domestication.

@article{Bomblies2006PleiotropicEO,
  title={Pleiotropic effects of the duplicate maize FLORICAULA/LEAFY genes zfl1 and zfl2 on traits under selection during maize domestication.},
  author={Kirsten Bomblies and John Doebley},
  journal={Genetics},
  year={2006},
  volume={172 1},
  pages={519-31}
}
Phenotypic variation on which selection can act during evolution may be caused by variation in activity level of developmental regulatory genes. In many cases, however, such genes affect multiple traits. This situation can lead to co-evolution of traits, or evolutionary constraint if some pleiotropic effects are detrimental. Here, we present an analysis of quantitative traits associated with gene copy number of two important maize regulatory genes, the duplicate FLORICAULA/LEAFY orthologs zfl1… CONTINUE READING

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