David J. Cove

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We report the draft genome sequence of the model moss Physcomitrella patens and compare its features with those of flowering plants, from which it is separated by more than 400 million years, and unicellular aquatic algae. This comparison reveals genomic changes concomitant with the evolutionary movement to land, including a general increase in gene family(More)
Mutants altered in their response to auxins and cytokinins have been isolated in the moss Physcomitrella patens either by screening clones from mutagenized spores for growth on high concentrations of cytokinin or auxin, in which case mutants showing altered sensitivities can be recognized 3–4 weeks later, or by non-selective isolation of morphologically(More)
Eighteen nutritional mutants have been isolated in the haploid, monoecious moss, Physcomitrella patens: five nicotinic acid auxotrophs, four p-aminobenzoic acid auxotrophs, four adenine auxotrophs, two amino acid requiring mutants and three nitrate non-utilising mutants. Seventeen of them were obtained using total isolation; one was isolated selectively.(More)
The moss Physcomitrella patens, like seed plants, shows alternation of generations, but its gametophyte, the haploid phase of the life cycle, is dominant, making it ideal for genetic studies. Crosses show direct segregations, so F2 or test crosses are unnecessary. Mutagenesis yields mutants, the phenotype of which is directly evident. Haploid tissue can be(More)
The haploid gametophyte stage of the moss life cycle is amenable to genetic and biochemical studies. Many species can be cultured on simple defined media, where growth is rapid, making them ideal material for metabolic studies. Developmental responses to hormones and to environmental inputs can be studied both at the level of individual cells and in(More)
We report the stable transformation of Physcomitrella patens to either G418 or hygromycin B resistance following polyethylene glycol-mediated direct DNA uptake by protoplasts. The method described in this paper was used successfully in independent experiments carried out in our two laboratories. Transformation was assessed by the following criteria:(More)
The aphototropic mutant line ptr116 of the moss Ceratodon purpureus shows characteristics of a deficiency in the phytochrome chromophore. Photoreversibility measurements indicate an approximately 20 time lower concentration of spectrally active phytochrome compared to wild-type, whereas normal phytochrome apoprotein levels are found on immunoblots. Feeding(More)
The moss Physcomitrella patens contains high levels of arachidonic acid and lesser amounts of eicosapentaenoic acid. Here we report the identification and characterization of a delta5-desaturase from P. patens that is associated with the synthesis of these fatty acids. A full-length cDNA for this desaturase was identified by data base searches based on(More)