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News Release 11-155

Largest-Ever Map of Interactions of Plant Proteins Produced

New map of protein interactions in model plant may help scientists improve plant species used in agriculture and pharmaceuticals

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Interactions between previously sequenced Arabidopsis proteins are described in a new network map.

Proteins are essential components of Arabidopsis parts, such as petals, stalks and flowers. The genetics of these essential proteins were previously identified through studies involving genome sequencing. Now, important functional aspects of these previously sequenced proteins, such as interactions between proteins, are described in the July 29th issue of Science. This new information might lay the foundation for future research dedicated to improving important crops.

Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation

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Breaking the Code: Sequencing the Arabidopsis Genome. This video was released in December 2000, when Arabidopsis was first sequenced.

Credit: NSF/Dick Young Productions, LTD