mouse-ear cress


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Noun1.mouse-ear cress - a small invasive self-pollinating weed with small white flowers; much studied by plant geneticists; the first higher plant whose complete genome sequence was described
cress, cress plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
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Biologists at the Colorado State University have engineered tobacco plants and mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) that they turn yellow when they detect even trace amounts of explosives in the air, reports the New Scientist.
The scientists teamed up with colleagues from Edinburgh University to create computer models of a plant called mouse-ear cress. They examined how the plant's internal clock is affected by day length and knows when to flower.
In addition to submitting a patent application for use of the mutated gene, the researchers in Oxford and at SePRO are studying the hydrilla PDS gene in Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering mustard plant that is also known as mouse-ear cress or thale cress.