Field guide to plant model systems

Caren Chang, John L. Bowman, Elliot M. Meyerowitz

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For the past several decades, advances in plant development, physiology, cell biology, and genetics have relied heavily on the model (or reference) plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Arabidopsis resembles other plants, including crop plants, in many but by no means all respects. Study of Arabidopsis alone provides little information on the evolutionary history of plants, evolutionary differences between species, plants that survive in different environments, or plants that access nutrients and photosynthesize differently. Empowered by the availability of large-scale sequencing and new technologies for investigating gene function, many new plant models are being proposed and studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-339
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016

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