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Arabidopsis thaliana as an Experimental Organism

  1. Maarten Koornneef1,
  2. Ben Scheres2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002031



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Koornneef, M. and Scheres, B. 2001. Arabidopsis thaliana as an Experimental Organism. eLS. .

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  1. 1

    Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Arabidopsis thaliana has become the model for plant genetics and plant development because of its genetic characteristics, such as short generation time, the small size of its genome and the availability of its complete DNA sequence.


  • genetic analysis;
  • model plant;
  • embryo development;
  • root structure;
  • gene isolation;
  • genome structure