Occurrence of temperature-sensitive phenotypic plasticity in chlorophyll-deficient mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana

John Markwell, John C. Osterman

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A collection of 75 putative mutants with alterations in leaf pigmentation was visually selected from Arabidopsis thaliana plants (M2 generation) grown at 26°C from seeds treated with the mutagen ethylmethanesulfonate. Fifty-eight of the plants were found to have chlorophyll contents decreased by at least 10% from the parental Columbia ecotype. These plants were screened for chlorophyll content and the ratio of chlorophyll b/a after growth at 20 or 26°C. Relative to the parental type, a significant number of individuals in which the chlorophyll-deficient phenotype was exacerbated at one of the growth temperatures were identified. We conclude that temperature-sensitive phenotypic plasticity for chlorophyll content is relatively common in mutant populations of higher plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-394
Number of pages3
JournalPlant physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science

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