Mockler Lab


A glimpse into the future of genome-enabled plant biology from the shores of Cold Spring Harbor

The 10 th plant genomics meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory demonstrated the power of genome-enabled plant biology in a broad spectrum of areas, ranging from environmental adaptation to developmental network modeling and crop improvement. Participants and presenters were a healthy mix of junior and established scientists (47 % of participants being graduate students and postdocs), staying true to the vision of the first meeting in 1997 and the spirit of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The breadth and depth of exciting, unpublished work towards discovering fundamental principles and direct applications in agriculture is impossible to capture in a short meeting report. Therefore, here we highlight some transformative areas whose potential impact is likely to reach beyond plant biology.

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