Turning a Wild Plant into a Model A Dvu Story
AbstractIn the past two decades we have witnessed how a useless wild weed has been transformed from an anonymous into a model plant, probably the most widely cultivated plant species. The process has been rather slowly in the beginning, very laborious on the way, extremely expensive and time consuming, but the outcome is priceless the knowledge that is most likely to frame and fill the blueprint of the first artificial plant, as system biology promises. The plant species is Arabidopsis thaliana and the growers are highly qualified researchers worldwide. This review introduces a new anonymous Brachypodium distachyon that raised big hopes for addressing specific problems of fundamental and practical biology in temperate cereals and forage grasses, and is rapidly becoming a sweetheart for the researchers working with these crops, and not only.
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