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Arabidopsis is a small annual plant, a widely occurring member of the mustard family, with a rapid life-cycle of 5-6 weeks. Its genome is small (100 mega-base pairs of DNA) in comparison with other plants, making the physical isolation of any gene with a known genetic location possible. Genetic similarities between Arabidopsis and other crop plants (eg. wheat, rape, maize) make this a valuable research tool and genetic resource. Methods developed in the T-project cover genome mapping, transposon tagging, gene replacement and the establishment of resource centres. Genetic studies include flowering, seed development and embryogenesis.

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Authors: BEVAN M, John Innes Centre, AFRC Institute of Plant Science Research, Cambridge Laboratory, Norwich (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1991) 10 pp.
Availability: Available from the BRIDGE Programme Office, CEC, DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
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