Arabidopsis as a Tool for the Identification of Genes Involved in Plant Development

  • Ruth Finkelstein
  • Mark Estelle
  • Jose Martinez-Zapater
  • Chris Somerville
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


The sessile lifestyle of plants requires that they be able to alter their growth in order to adapt to environmental changes. Much research has been devoted to determining how plants perceive and respond to environmental cues such as light intensity and quality, photoperiod, gravity, water stress, and temperature. In the case of light-regulated phenomena, various photoreceptors have been identified whose absorption maxima coincide with regions of the action spectra of the observed phenomena. However, the transduction pathways from perception to cellular response have not been elucidated. Similarly, much correlative evidence suggests that phytohormones are involved in transducing environmental signals into biochemical or morphological effects. In this case neither the elements linking the environmental effects with changes in hormone levels or sensitivity nor those mediating the hormonally induced responses have been identified. Furthermore it is not known whether the correlations between environmental or hormonal signals and the observed responses reflect a causal, direct relationship or if they represent parallel or overlapping paths toward the same result.


Arabidopsis Thaliana Abscisic Acid Seed Dormancy Apical Dominance Wild Type Seed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Finkelstein
    • 1
  • Mark Estelle
    • 2
  • Jose Martinez-Zapater
    • 1
  • Chris Somerville
    • 1
  1. 1.MSU-DOE Plant Research LaboratoryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Biology Dept.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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