Exploring the genes that help plants make flowers
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Flowering is an essential part of a plant's life cycle, and getting the timing and placement of flowering right can mean the difference between making lots of seeds for the next generation (success!) and none at all (EPIC fail). In this lesson, students will explore the genes that help Arabidopsis plants decide that it is time to make flowers. Once a plant makes the decision to flower, other genes must signal the right parts of the plants to develop into flowers. When this signaling is interrupted, very strange things can happen! In this lesson, students use bioinformatics tools available online to learn about the environmental factors that affect flowering and the genes that respond to these factors.
|The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center has over 400,000 seed lines and over 400,000 DNA resources in its collection related to the model organism, Arabidopsis thaliana ...|
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