Arabidopsis thaliana (A. thaliana), also known as Thale cress, is a model organism used in plant science for several years, and is representative of chlorophyllous and vascular higher plants (dicotyledonous angiosperms). A. thaliana‘s genome, determined in 2000, is one of the smallest among plants. It is widely used for genetic and molecular biology studies.
A. thaliana benefits for plant research are diverse: its small size allows it to be grown in large numbers, its development cycle is short and a plant can produce tens of thousands of seeds.
Reproduction period: All year round (spring in the wild).
Development Cycle: the whole cycle, from seed to seed, lasts three months.
All stages of development of A. thaliana are described here: http://www.arabidopsis.org/portals/education/growth.jsp
Reproduction : mainly self-fertilisation (self-pollination).
Instructions for A. thaliana cultivation : http://www.hort.purdue.edu/hort/facilities/greenhouse/
Cis-Acting Regulatory Elements database: