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Trends Plant Sci. 2005 May;10(5):251-6.

A model system for comparative research: Petunia.

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  • 1IWWR, Plant Genetics, Radboud University, Toernooiveld 1, 6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Research today aims to analyse the development of plant processes over evolutionary time. To obtain a representative view, a range of plant species covering at least the crucial nodes in phylogeny must be selected for an in depth analysis. Here we present Petunia as one of the available systems: as a representative of the Solanaceae it has the advantages of good culture conditions and the availability of a range of materials, techniques and strategies that can be used to research an interesting and diverse set of questions.

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