The Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) is responsible
for supporting global Arabidopsis research.
This is acheived through two broad mechanisms:
Firstly MASC members organise the annual International Conference on
Arabidopsis Research (ICAR). This meeting often welcomes 1000 delegates
to a location that switches between Asia, Europe and The Americas on a
three-year cycle. This years ICAR meeting is in St Louis, USA whilst the
2018 ICAR takes place in Turku, Finland.
Secondly MASC publishes an annual report that includes updates from the
MASC subcommittees (Bioinformatics, Epigenetics and Epigenomics,
Metabolomics, Natural Variation, Phenomics, Proteomics, ORFeomics,
Systems and Synthetic Biology), from Project Resources (such as Araport,
TAIR, uNASC etc) and updates from the twenty-eight individual MASC
The PDF of the MASC 2016/2017 Annual Report can be downloaded here:
We would encourage taking a look at this, not least to discover
information about the remarkable set of collaborative tools that are
available to the global research community.
More information about MASC can be found at: Arabidopsisresearch.org
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Dr Geraint Parry