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Article|04 Aug 2022|OPEN
DNA methylation dynamics during stress response in woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
María-Estefanía López1,2 , David Roquis1 , Claude Becker3 and Béatrice Denoyes4 , Etienne Bucher,1 ,
1Crop Genome Dynamics Group, Agroscope, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland
2Department of Botany and Plant Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
3LMU BioCenter, Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany
4Univ. Bordeaux, INRAE, Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie, F-33140 Villenave d’Ornon, France
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Horticulture Research 9,
Article number: uhac174 (2022)
Views: 87

Received: 14 Apr 2022
Accepted: 27 Jul 2022
Published online: 04 Aug 2022


Environmental stresses can result in a wide range of physiological and molecular responses in plants. These responses can also impact epigenetic information in genomes, especially at the level of DNA methylation (5-methylcytosine). DNA methylation is the hallmark heritable epigenetic modification and plays a key role in silencing transposable elements (TEs). Although DNA methylation is an essential epigenetic mechanism, fundamental aspects of its contribution to stress responses and adaptation remain obscure.