Dina F. Mandoli

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Despite considerable progress in our understanding of land plant phylogeny, several nodes in the green tree of life remain poorly resolved. Furthermore, the bulk of currently available data come from only a subset of major land plant clades. Here we examine early land plant evolution using complete plastome sequences including two previously unexamined and(More)
We used a unique combination of techniques to sequence the first complete chloroplast genome of a lycophyte, Huperzia lucidula. This plant belongs to a significant clade hypothesized to represent the sister group to all other vascular plants. We used fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) to isolate the organelles, rolling circle amplification (RCA) to(More)
Light-induced coleoptile stimulation and mesocotyl suppression in etiolated Avena sativa (cv. Lodi) has been quantitated. Etiolated seedlings showed the greatest response to light when they were illuminated 48 to 56 hours after imbibition. Two low-irradiance photoresponses for each tissue have been described. Red light was 10 times more effective than green(More)
The lycophytes are an ancient lineage of vascular plants that diverged from the seed plant lineage about 400 Myr ago. Although the lycophytes occupy an important phylogenetic position for understanding the evolution of plants and their genomes, no genomic resources exist for this group of plants. Here we describe the construction of a large-insert bacterial(More)
Arsenic is an element that is ubiquitous in the environment and is known to form compounds with toxic, even carcinogenic properties. Arsenic toxicity is a function of its chemical form (species). Identification of arsenic species is necessary to accurately determine the transformation and fate of arsenicals as well as the actual risk posed by arsenic(More)
While uninucleate and unicellular, Acetabularia acetabulum establishes and maintains functionally and morphologically distinct body regions and executes phase changes like those in vascular plants. Centimeters tall at maturity, this species has allowed unusual experimental approaches. Amputations revealed fates of nucleate and enucleate portions from both(More)
Liriodendron tulipifera L., a member of the Magnoliaceae, occupies an important phylogenetic position as a basal angiosperm that has retained numerous putatively ancestral morphological characters, and thus has often been used in studies of the evolution of flowering plants and of specific gene families. However, genomic resources for these early branching(More)
Model systems in plant biology include a range of species spanning from “well-established” to “emerging” models, depending on the degree to which they have been developed. There are two phases to building a model system: initiation and maintenance. Model species are initiated usually with a novel and often classic contribution to science (that is, they have(More)
Although the Dasycladalean alga Acetabularia acetabulum has long been known to contain mannan-rich walls, it is not known to what extent wall composition varies as a function of the elaborate cellular differentiation of this cell, nor has it been determined what other polysaccharides accompany the mannans. Cell walls were prepared from rhizoids, stalks,(More)
The unicellular green macroalga Acetabularia acetabulum L. Silva is an excellent system for studying regional differentiation within a single cell. In late adults, physiologically mediated extracellular alkalinity varies along the long axis of the alga with extracellular pH more alkaline along the apical and middle regions of the stalk than at and near the(More)