The development of Arabidopsis as a model plant
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
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The Plant Journal
Special Issue: SPECIAL ISSUE Arabidopsis: A rich harvest 10 years after completion of the genome sequence
Volume 61, Issue 6, pages 909–921, March 2010
How to Cite
Koornneef, M. and Meinke, D. (2010), The development of Arabidopsis as a model plant. The Plant Journal, 61: 909–921. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2009.04086.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
- Received 21 August 2009; revised 29 October 2009; accepted 6 November 2009.
- community resources;
- model organism;
- plant biology
Twenty-five years ago, Arabidopsis thaliana emerged as the model organism of choice for research in plant biology. A consensus was reached about the need to focus on a single organism to integrate the classical disciplines of plant science with the expanding fields of genetics and molecular biology. Ten years after publication of its genome sequence, Arabidopsis remains the standard reference plant for all of biology. We reflect here on the major advances and shared resources that led to the extraordinary growth of the Arabidopsis research community. We also underscore the importance of continuing to expand and refine our detailed knowledge of Arabidopsis while seeking to appreciate the remarkable diversity that characterizes the plant kingdom.