Starch deficient mutants of Arabidopsis on the front cover of Plant, Cell and Environment

17th Oct 2013

The front cover shows mutant plants of Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant species native to Europe and Asia with white petals, at flowering stage.

Arabidopsis was the first plant - and the third multicellular organism after roundworm and common fruit fly - to have its genome completely genetically sequenced. One goal of geneticists studying Arabidopsis is to understand the physiology, biochemistry, growth, and development of plants at the molecular level.

They can use this knowledge to produce new varieties of climate-resilient crops and other plants with increased stress tolerance, for example, or containing more of particular parts prized for their nutritional content or floral display.

The front cover is accompanied by a research article entitled ‘Starch Metabolism and Antiflorigenic Signals Modulate the Juvenile-to-Adult Phase Transition in Arabidopsis’.

You can read more in the full article at Plant Cell and Environment:

Matsoukas, I. G., Massiah, A. J. and Thomas, B. (2013). Starch metabolism and antiflorigenic signals modulate the juvenile-to-adult phase transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Environ. 36:10, 1802 - 1811.


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