Biophysical Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 235–239 | Cite as

Chara braunii genome: a new resource for plant electrophysiology

  • M. J. BeilbyEmail author


The large-celled green alga Chara provided early electrophysiological data, but this model organism lost popularity once the smaller cells of higher plants became accessible to electrophysiology and genetic manipulation. However, with the sequencing of the Chara braunii genome (Nishiyama et al. Cell 174: 448–464, 2018), the molecular identity of the underlaying ion transporters in Characeae can be found and placed in evolutionary context. As Characeae are close to ancestors of land plants, the wealth of electrophysiological data will provide insights into important aspects of plant physiology, such as salt tolerance and sensitivity, carbon concentrating mechanisms, pH banding and the action potential generation.


Chara genome Electrophysiology Salt tolerance OH channel pH banding Action potential mechanism Hypotonic regulation 


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M. J. Beilby declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhysicsUniversity of NSWKensingtonAustralia

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