Opening new avenues for plant developmental research
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Over the past three decades, Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. has been widely utilized as a model organism for various research fields in plant biology (The history was reviewed by Koornneef and Meinke 2010). Especially, the introduction of genetic analyses dramatically accelerated the progress in our understanding at the molecular level. In the context of developmental research, forward genetics and subsequent reverse genetics have contributed to the identification of various key regulators. The more factors are isolated, the more efforts researchers have made to investigate the relationship among these isolated regulators, consequently enabling the construction of cross-talk models and regulatory networks. However, such network models are becoming gradually complicated, making it difficult to understand what are the essentials for controlling plant growth and development.
Recently, mathematical modeling has often been used to prove our current knowledge. Such kind of “theoretical”...
KeywordsDevelopmental biology Semi-in-vivo Synthetic biology
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