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Mapping a plant's chemical vocabulary

Plants generate an amazing variety of small molecules and are arguably nature's finest chemists. A new study identifies over 2,000 small molecule mass peaks in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and defines both the genetic diversity and genetic architecture controlling the production of these compounds.

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Figure 1: Wild Arabidopsis thaliana accessions show dramatic genetic variation in their metabolite profiles.

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Baxter, I., Borevitz, J. Mapping a plant's chemical vocabulary. Nat Genet 38, 737–738 (2006).

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