Unusual Arabidopsis

I have been contacted by Frederic Lens at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium to see if I could locate the source for an unusual woody phenotype of Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale Cress).  This is, of course, the molecular biologists’ model plant with a small genome and just five chromosomes.  An original collection had been made on Skye but further details are not known. A. thaliana is  not that common on Skye outside ruderal habitats (which are themselves not that frequent).

Anyway, yesterday I located a woody population in Portree.  It looks pretty different from normal plants:

Woody Arabidopsis in Portree

Now I just have to stop it being sprayed with herbicide aimed at the adjacent Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed).

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