Arabidopsis thaliana and Plant Molecular Genetics

Science  20 Sep 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4719, pp. 1214-1218
DOI: 10.1126/science.229.4719.1214


Arabidopsis thaliana is a small flowering plant with various properties that make it an excellent organism for experiments in molecular genetics. These properties include having a small nuclear genome, a near absence of dispersed repetitive DNA, and a generation time of 4 to 5 weeks. In addition, mutations that affect hormone synthesis and response, many different enzyme activities, and numerous developmental processes have been identified and characterized.