Authorative review on natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Just published in Plant Physiology

A Founders Review covering the history of natural variation research in Arabidopsis thaliana, an overview of genetic and genomic tools, current challenges and research directions, and opportunities for future research.… Read the rest

Last paper of 2010 published: non-autonomy of small RNAs

Comparative analysis of non-autonomous effects of tasiRNAs in miRNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana.

By Felippe Felippes, Felix Ott and Detlef Weigel, published online December 5, in Nucleic Acids Research.… Read the rest

Most detailed analysis of recombination landscape in Arabidopsis published

Salomé et al

Now in Heredity by Salomé et al.: The recombination landscape in Arabidopsis thaliana F2 populations Recombination partitions alleles segregating in the progeny of hybrids, and thus has important consequences for the distribution of phenotypic variation … Read the rest

In Nature: Origin of epigenetic variation in A. thaliana

Last year, we published a paper on DNA mutation rates in A. thaliana, based on the analysis of the genomes of 5 mutation accumulation lines that shared a common ancestor 30 generations ago. We have now determined the methylome of … Read the rest

First major 1001 Genomes paper out in Nature Genetics

We just published its first major phase, based on 80 accessions representing much of the native range of the species.

Finally — after several previous papers in which we developed the tools and vision for the A. thaliana 1001 Genomes … Read the rest

Plant Phys papers on NB-LRR and S-locus evolution out

Two papers by Yalong Guo et al. out in Plant Physiology

On S-locus evolution in A. thaliana and relatives and genome wide comparison of NB-LRR genes in A. thaliana and A. lyrata.… Read the rest

Severe single-locus heterozygous disadvantage in PLoS Genetics

Our latest work on hybrid incompatibility

Out in PLoS Genetics. Our work provides insights into how tandem arrays, which are particularly prone to frequent, complex rearrangements, can produce genetic novelty.… Read the rest

Out in Dev Cell: Impact of NGS on non-model genetics

Developmental Cell is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Beth Rowan, Detlef Weigel and Dan Koenig are discussing how next-generation sequencing is leveling the playing field for forward genetics in many different species. Read more here.… Read the rest

Whole-genome assemblies of four A. thaliana accessions in PNAS

We have developed a new approach to whole-genome assembly that exploits the high-quality reference genome of Arabidopsis thaliana.

In PNAS, we just published genome assemblies for four strains, including the popular Ler (Landsberg erecta) and C24 strains.… Read the rest

State Research Prize to Detlef Weigel and Rupert Handgretinger

Detlef Weigel and his colleague Rupert Handgretinger from the university hospital Tübingen

They share this year’s State Research Prize of Baden Württemberg, the highest such award given out by any of the 16 German states. The award ceremony was held … Read the rest