Arabidopsis must die(?)

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

It looks like some­body has taken the Danish advice to oblit­er­ate weeds in my pre­vi­ous item too far in pro­du­cing a list of ‘The top 10 ways to kill ara­bidop­sis’. Now, I know that for many of us Arabidopsis is a weed (after all its com­mon name is l’herbe mauvais – allegedly – in French), but even I acknow­ledge that it does have import­ant plant bio­lo­gical uses. So, before the ara­bido­philes amongst my legion of ador­ing fans reach to turn the flamethrower or pan of boil­ing water on me, I ought to explain that the full title of that list is actu­ally ‘The top 10 ways to kill arabidopsis…….by acci­dent (hon­est guv)’. It is in fact handy hints of how to avoid killing off the botan­ical equi­val­ent of the lab rat (which was con­veni­ently ignored in many of the media reports that com­men­ted on this item). So, that’s all right, then. [More ara­bidop­sis cul­ture tips, etc here– Ed.]

Nigel Chaffey. ORCID 0000-0002-4231-9082

Nigel is a botanist and full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributes the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ. His main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.

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