- Small genome (114.5 Mb/125 Mb total) has been sequenced in the year 2000
- Extensive genetic and physical maps of all 5 chromosomes
- A rapid life cycle (about 6 weeks from germination to mature seed).
- Prolific seed production and easy cultivation in restricted space.
- Efficient transformation methods utilizing Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
- A large number of mutant lines and genomic resources
- Multinational research community of academic, government and industry laboratories.
The following pictures show plant I used in my research. Finally, I hope these "kids" can reveal their hidden story to me, especially what're their feeling after I "torture" (applying abiotic stress) them. haha, pls pls pls... ////:-)
The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), at http://arabidopsis.org/index.jsp
Arabidopsis, The Model Plant, The National Science Foundation, USA. at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/bio0202/model.htm
one of my tasks, transfer plant from solid media to hydroponic solution. Again, it's never been easy to get into a hole without formal training, really not easy to put each individual "tiny" plant + long root into such a small hole, because got some "hidden power", maybe due to surface tension or viscoscity by liquid nutrient, so root tends to "move aside" / shaking when i attempted to place it in.
I spent 8hrs to remove >200 plants from agar and placed to hydroponic solution...."*%&$^&..
Place tape to make hole smaller (invention from cklim, haha) and hang the plant properly. Otherwise it will fall down to "toilet bowl", and take a "nutrient bath".
The movie below shows germination of Arabidopsis seed, enjoy it!