Plant Molecular Biology 43: vii–ix, 2000. M.A. Matzke and A.J.M. Matzke (Eds.), Plant Gene Silencing. vii The rapid pace of discovery in plant gene silencing re- trans-silencing phenomenon similar to those observed search and the explosive growth in our understanding more recently with transgenes. As detailed by Chan- of novel epigenetic silencing phenomena over the past dler et al., maize provides a rich source of para- decade have few parallels in modern plant science. mutation systems that can be used to derive general Couple this with the fact that plant scientists have per- principles of epigenetic regulation and to probe the formed groundbreaking work on different aspects of basis of meiotically heritable epigenetic states. Mary epigenetic silencing that are now being ‘rediscovered’ Alleman and John Doctor discuss parental imprinting, in animals and it is easy to see why this ﬁeld attracts another epigenetic effect that was discovered ﬁrst at so much attention and devoted experimental effort. the single-gene level in plants by Jerry Kermicle in We hope that the collection of reviews in this special the 1970s. While maize has traditionally been used issue of Plant Molecular Biology will convey some to study imprinting, considerable progress has been of
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