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Arabette des dames observée en microscopie électronique à balayage

Thale cress (arabidopsis thaliana), observed using scanning electron micrsoscopy. These flowers are frequently described as cauliflower mutants. Cauliflowers are the result of humans domesticating plants. Scientists want to understand how they adopt different morphologies. The cauliflower's structure consists of an abundance of young flower buds similar to those found tin hale cress, but which are unable to differentiate themselves into flowers. They begin their development like flowers but fail to reach the final stage, instead continuing to proliferate as stalks. The cauliflower came about as the result of modifying the flower-bearing stalk (inflorescence). This gives researchers insights into the normal development of thale cress flowers.

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