Near Isogenic Line variation in Circadian Rhythm and Effects on Genotypic Traits in Arabidopsis thaliana
Circadian rhythms are endogenous rhythms that can be set by environmental inputs such as temperature and light. One feature of circadian rhythms is the period, or duration of one rhythmic cycle; because the diurnal cycle on earth is close to 24 hours, circadian periods close to 24 hours are thought to be adaptive. I tested for the adaptive significance of the internal circadian period match to the external environment using a set of Near Isogenic Lines (NILs) of Arabidopsis thaliana that contain genotypes with wild-type periods (close to 24 hours) and short and long period genotypes. The short ...
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