The latest Chang'e-4 rover brings an entire ecosystem with it, including Arabidopsis plant seeds and silkworms.

My question is: why Arabidopsis? Is this question conclusive without having to ask Chinese sources, such as just by having an educated guess as regards to the plant's own qualities?

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to SE biology, please feel free to check our help center and take info tour to find out how does it goes on this forum. I am afraid that this question is not suitable for this forum. Nevertheless, i think that the Chinese sent the plant there just because it is plant which is biggest model organism in plant physiology . We technicly know almost everything about this plant. $\endgroup$ – L.Diago Jan 11 '19 at 23:14

Without speculating further about specific decision making processes, Arabidopsis is the standard model organism in plant biology, similar to the mouse for mammals, the fruit fly for insects, C. elegans for nematodes, etc.

It's the first plant to have its genome sequenced, it's commonly used in undergraduate laboratory experiments in part because it grows very fast, etc.

If you were going to choose a plant arbitrarily for a research project, it might as well be Arabidopsis, I'd say it would be the default against which other options would be considered.

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