Model Organisms

A number of species were chosen as model organisms because they are exemplary for a certain group and can be bred cheaply and easily. Also several research aspects, like flower development, have their own model organisms.

Thale cress

Latin nameArabidopsis thaliana
Model fordicotyledonous plants, universal plant model
Advantagessmall genome (150 mb) | small | can be easily transformed


Latin nameAntirrhinum sp.
Model formonocotyledonous plants, flower development
Advantageslarge flowers and inflorescences | important crop plant