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Arabidopsis Thaliana as a Model Host Plant to Study Molecular Interactions with Root-Knot and Cyst Nematodes

  • Andreas Niebel
  • Nathalie Barthels
  • Janice de Almeida-Engler
  • Mansour Karimi
  • Isabelle Vercauteren
  • Marc Van Montagu
  • Godelieve Gheysen
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 268)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Cyst Nematode Nurse Cell Nematode Infection Male Sterility Gene Cdc2 Expression 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Niebel
    • 1
  • Nathalie Barthels
    • 1
  • Janice de Almeida-Engler
    • 1
  • Mansour Karimi
    • 1
  • Isabelle Vercauteren
    • 1
  • Marc Van Montagu
    • 1
  • Godelieve Gheysen
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorium voor GeneticaUniversiteit GentGentBelgium

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