The present invention provides methods for obtaining plants that exhibit useful traits by transient suppression of the MSH1 gene of the plants. Methods for identifying genetic loci that provide for useful traits in plants and plants produced with those loci are also provided. In addition, plants that exhibit the useful traits, parts of the plants including seeds, and products of the plants are provided as well as methods of using the plants.
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 This invention was made with Government Support under a grant from the Department of Energy (DE-FG02-07ER15564 and DE-FG02-10ER16189) and the National Science Foundation (IOS 0820668 and IOS 1126935). The government has certain rights to this invention.