Arabidopsis thaliana is a small flowering plant that is widely used as a model organism in plant biology. Arabidopsis is a member of the mustard (Brassicaceae) family, which includes cultivated species such as cabbage and radish. Although not of major agronomic significance, Arabidopsis offers important advantages for basic research in genetics and molecular biology:
Such advantages have made Arabidopsis a model organism for studies of the cellular and molecular biology of flowering plants. The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) collects and makes available the information arising from these efforts.
For more information about this organism and the resources that have been developed for use by the community, please visit this website: http://www.arabidopsis.org/.
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