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Trends Plant Sci. 2008 Apr;13(4):172-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2008.01.007. Epub 2008 Mar 17.

Brachypodium distachyon: making hay with a wild grass.

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John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK.

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  • Trends Plant Sci. 2014 Mar;19(3):193.


Brachypodium distachyon is a wild grass with a short life cycle. Although it is related to small grain cereals such as wheat, its genome is only a fraction of the size. A draft genome sequence is currently available, and molecular and genetic tools have been developed for transformation, mutagenesis and gene mapping. Accessions collected from across its ancestral range show a surprising degree of phenotypic variation in many traits, including those implicated in domestication of the cereals. Thus, given its rapid cycling time and ease of cultivation, Brachypodium will be a useful model for investigating problems in grass biology.

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