Arabidopsis Thaliana as a Model Host Plant to Study Molecular Interactions with Root-Knot and Cyst Nematodes
Arabidopsis thaliana is a small cruciferous plant that is considered as being a “botanical Drosophila” (Whyte, 1946) for a number of reasons recently reviewed by Meyerowitz (1989). Thanks to its small size and ability to grow well at room temperature both in vitro and in the greenhouse, it is easy and cheap to maintain large populations of Arabidopsis plants under laboratory conditions. Arabidopsis has a short generation time: approximately 3 months from seed to seed. It is extremely prolific and its seeds are very small (about 50,000 seeds fit in a 1.5-ml Eppendorf tube). These features make A. thaliana highly suited for classical genetic approaches.
KeywordsCyst Nematode Nurse Cell Nematode Infection Male Sterility Gene Cdc2 Expression
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