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Plants are sessile and therefore have developed mechanisms to adapt to their environment, including the soil mineral nutrient composition. Ionomics is a developing functional genomic strategy designed to rapidly identify the genes and gene networks involved in regulating how plants acquire and accumulate these mineral nutrients from the soil. Here, we(More)
Though central to our understanding of how roots perform their vital function of scavenging water and solutes from the soil, no direct genetic evidence currently exists to support the foundational model that suberin acts to form a chemical barrier limiting the extracellular, or apoplastic, transport of water and solutes in plant roots. Using the newly(More)
Chloroplast genetic engineering offers several advantages over nuclear transformation including high levels of gene expression and gene containment. However, a consequence of placing a transgene in the chloroplast genome is that the antibiotic resistance genes used as selectable markers are highly amplified. Engineering genetically modified (GM) crops(More)
Molybdenum (Mo) is an essential micronutrient for plants, serving as a cofactor for enzymes involved in nitrate assimilation, sulfite detoxification, abscisic acid biosynthesis, and purine degradation. Here we show that natural variation in shoot Mo content across 92 Arabidopsis thaliana accessions is controlled by variation in a mitochondrially localized(More)
The contention that quantitative profiles of biomolecules contain information about the physiological state of the organism has motivated a variety of high-throughput molecular profiling experiments. However, unbiased discovery and validation of biomolecular signatures from these experiments remains a challenge. Here we show that the Arabidopsis thaliana(More)
Reverse transcriptase sequences from both major classes of retrotransposons were amplified from sorghum genomic DNA, leaf mRNA and callus protoplast mRNA. Sequence analysis of clones derived from genomic DNA demonstrated the presence of a wide variety of copia-like and gypsy-like elements. Twenty-four families of copia-like elements were found, of which at(More)
Metal hyperaccumulators, including various Thlaspi species, constitutively express the putative metal transporter MTP1 to high levels in shoots. Here we present data on the transcriptional regulation and localization of expression of the homologous gene BjMTP1 in Brassica juncea. Though B. juncea lacks the ability to hyperaccumulate metals, its relatively(More)
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