Transposable elements are short lengths of DNA with the capacity to move between different points within a genome. This process can affect the function of genes at or near the insertion site.
The present book gives an overview of the impact of transposable elements on plant genomes and explains how to recognize and study transposable elements, e.g. by using state-of-the-art strategies like "new generation sequencing." Moreover, the impact of transposable elements on plant genome structure and function is reviewed in detail, and also illustrated in examples and case studies.
The book is intended both for readers familiar with the field and for newcomers. With large-scale sequencing becoming increasingly available, more and more people will come across transposable element sequences in their data, and this volume will hopefully help to convince them that they are not just "junk DNA."
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 678 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm
Edition: 2012 ed.
From the reviews:
"For the 16 chapters of this volume, the editors have brought together contributors from all corners of the diverse field of transposon biology. ... This volume is pitched to both transposon biologists and to nonspecialists. ... the book provides a good introduction to this very broad research field and will be a key reference for specialists." (J. Arvid Agren, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 88 (3), September, 2013)