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The Plant

Despite its weedy appearance, A. thaliana, commonly known as thale cress or mouse-ear cress, is the undisputed model plant. Ease of cultivation, rapid life cycle, and high seed production are bolstered by small genome size and ease of transformation. As a result of evolutionary conservation, many of the fundamental advances using Arabidopsis are finding useful application in the improvement of crops such as maize, wheat, and rice. View full pdf featuring research timeline, stats and related w

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Despite its weedy appearance, A. thaliana, commonly known as thale cress or mouse-ear cress, is the undisputed model plant. Ease of cultivation, rapid life cycle, and high seed production are bolstered by small genome size and ease of transformation. As a result of evolutionary conservation, many of the fundamental advances using Arabidopsis are finding useful application in the improvement of crops such as maize, wheat, and rice.

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