Dear Arabidopsis researchers,
The 2011 annual Report of the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee
(MASC) has been released. You can view it here:
http://www.arabidopsis.org/portals/masc/masc_docs/masc_reports.jsp# or here:
This year¹s MASC report includes:
* Highlights of groundbreaking Arabidopsis research published in the last
year, including the discovery of the plant sugar transporters targeted by
pathogens, technology advancement to isolate cell type specific RNA, insight
into local adaptation in Arabidopsis lyrata, insight into jasmonate
signalling, the discovery of microRNA signalling across cells, insight into
the role of Casparian strips, sequencing advancement and generation of large
scale collection of knockdowns for Arabidopsis miRNA families.
* Graphical comparison of the number of publications and patents produced
for the model organisms Arabidopsis, corn, and rice including European
Published Applications and Published PCT Applications.
* Descriptions of how basic research in Arabidopsis has led to 'broader
impacts' in the world, such as through translational efforts by biotech
* Updates from countries around the world that study Arabidopsis.
* Analysis and recommendations from MASC regarding scientific approaches for
the next year.
What is MASC?
MASC is the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee. MASC has been key
to the success of the international Arabidopsis community and instrumental
in making Arabidopsis into a successful model organism.
MASC was originally set up in 1990 to coordinate the sequencing of the
Arabidopsis genome, to implement overall research coordination and was
charged with annually reviewing scientific progress and identifying needs
and new opportunities for the global Arabidopsis research community.
Today MASC coordinates global genomic research activities and promotes
You can read more about MASC and its activities here:
What is the MASC report?
The MASC annual report includes advances in Arabidopsis research made by the
international community in the year prior to its publication. Scientific
highlights of Arabidopsis research articles, and examples of translational
research highlighting the broader impacts of Arabidopsis research are
presented. MASC Country representatives, Subcommittee Chairs and Directors
of community Arabidopsis resources produce a report each that is included in
the annual report. In addition, each year MASC produces a section of the
report entitled Analysis and Recommendations, that reflects on the success
the community has achieved, looks forward to the challenges and
opportunities of the future and provide a set of recommendations for the