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Identification of new plant genes

Research was carried out with respect to the development of methods for identifying and isolating genes of agricultural importance, using the benefits of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and the application of these methods to understanding and manipulating areas of plant development and physiology important in plant productivity.

Good progress was made regarding methods development, such as transposon tagging and map based gene cloning, and in establishing resource centres. Significant progress has also been made in incorporating molecular genetic techniques into established areas of plant physiology, such as flowering and seed development, and a promising start has been made in the systematic isolation and characterization of genes involved in these important processes. The work on physical mapping has been central to a worldwide effort to establish a map of the entire genome, and the success of this work had led to the instigation of first attempts to sequence the entire Arabidopsis genome. The projects in Arabidopsis genetics have a clearly defined mission and a high international profile, reflecting the success of the strategy of integrating national Arabidopsis programmes throughout Europe.

Reported by

John Innes Centre
NR4 7UJ Norwich
United Kingdom
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