Research report 2003 - Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen
The genome as key to understanding how plants adapt to their environment
Abt. 6: Molekularbiologie (Weigel) (Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel)
MPI für Entwicklungsbiologie, Tübingen
SummaryOur long-term goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying variation in adaptive traits. As a prerequisite, the genes that are used by wild plants and animals to create phenotypic diversity need to be defined. By integrating a mechanistic understanding of genetic networks with an understanding of the adaptive significance of trait variation, it should be possible to identify functionally divergent alleles in natural populations. This knowledge can be used to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying adaptive change, and to predict the performance of natural populations under changing environmental conditions.