Using Arabidopsis-Related Model Species (ARMS): Growth, Genetic Transformation, and Comparative Genomics

  • Giorgia Batelli
  • Dong-Ha Oh
  • Matilde Paino D’Urzo
  • Francesco Orsini
  • Maheshi Dassanayake
  • Jian-Kang Zhu
  • Hans J. Bohnert
  • Ray A. Bressan
  • Albino Maggio
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1062)


The Arabidopsis-related model species (ARMS) Thellungiella salsuginea and Thellungiella parvula have generated broad interest in salt stress research. While general growth characteristics of these species are similar to Arabidopsis, some aspects of their life cycle require particular attention in order to obtain healthy plants, with a large production of seeds in a relatively short time. This chapter describes basic procedures for growth, maintenance, and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of ARMS. Where appropriate, differences in requirements between Thellungiella spp. and Arabidopsis are highlighted, along with basic growth requirements of other less studied candidate model species. Current techniques for comparative genomics analysis between Arabidopsis and ARMS are also described in detail.

Key words

Thellungiella spp. Halophytes Germination Seed handling Vernalization Plant care 



Dong-Ha Oh thanks Eric Lyons for great help in setting up T. parvula sequences in CoGe database. Dong-Ha Oh was supported by World Class University Program (R32–10148) at Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea, and the Next-Generation BioGreen 21 Program (SSAC, PJ009495), Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgia Batelli
    • 1
  • Dong-Ha Oh
    • 2
    • 3
  • Matilde Paino D’Urzo
    • 4
  • Francesco Orsini
    • 5
  • Maheshi Dassanayake
    • 2
  • Jian-Kang Zhu
    • 4
  • Hans J. Bohnert
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
  • Ray A. Bressan
    • 3
    • 4
    • 6
  • Albino Maggio
    • 7
  1. 1.CNR-IGV Institute of Plant GeneticsPorticiItaly
  2. 2.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Division of Applied ScienceGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Horticulture and Landscape ArchitecturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  5. 5.Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences and TechnologyUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  6. 6.College of ScienceKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  7. 7.Department of Agricultural Engineering and AgronomyUniversity of Naples Federico IIPorticiItaly

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