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Light Gradient-Based Screening of Arabidopsis thaliana on a 384-Well Type Plant Array Chip

by Youn-Hee Park 1 and Je-Kyun Park 1,2,*
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Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, Korea
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KAIST Institute for Health Science and Technology, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, Korea
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Micromachines 2020, 11(2), 191; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi11020191
Received: 24 December 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 8 February 2020 / Published: 12 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10th Anniversary of Micromachines)
Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), as a model for plant research, is widely used for various aspects of plant science. To provide a more sophisticated and microscopic environment for the germination and growth of Arabidopsis, we report a 384-well type plant array chip in which each Arabidopsis seed is independently seeded in a solid medium. The plant array chip is made of a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) acrylic material and is assembled with a home-made light gradient module to investigate the light effects that significantly affect the germination and growth of Arabidopsis. The light gradient module was used to observe the growth pattern of seedlings according to the intensity of the white light and to efficiently screen for the influence of the white light. To investigate the response to red light (600 nm), which stimulates seed germination, the light gradient module was also applied to the germination test. As a result, the germination results showed that the plant array chip can be used to simultaneously screen wild type seeds and phytochrome B mutant seeds on a single array chip according to the eight red light intensities.
Keywords: 384-well type plant array chip; Arabidopsis thaliana; germination test; light gradient module 384-well type plant array chip; Arabidopsis thaliana; germination test; light gradient module
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Park, Y.-H.; Park, J.-K. Light Gradient-Based Screening of Arabidopsis thaliana on a 384-Well Type Plant Array Chip. Micromachines 2020, 11, 191.

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