Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 259, Issue 2–4, pp 199–215 | Cite as

Molecules and morphology: comparative developmental genetics of the Brassicaceae



For approximately 20 years Arabidopsis has been a model system to investigate developmental and physiological questions in plant biology, leading to the identification of genes and genetic systems involved in many processes. Extending ideas arising from knowledge of developmental genetic systems in Arabidopsis to other species of the Brassicaceae will require the application of genomics technologies developed in Arabidopsis and the establishment of additional genetic systems and resources in other species. Morphological variation in all plant organs, as well as in growth habit, mating systems, and physiology are represented in the breadth of Brassicaceae species offering ample opportunity to investigate the molecular basis of morphological evolution in this family. In addition, the frequent recent hybridization events in Brassica and Arabidopsis facilitate study of this pervasive force in the evolution of all plants.


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