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Natasha Raikhel nraikhel at pilot.msu.edu
Mon Dec 4 15:51:12 EST 2000

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<font face="Times, Times" size=4><b>Dear Colleagues,<br>
Arabidopsis Genome- A Milestone in Plant Biology<br>
&quot;What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been
discovered.&quot; Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation takes on a special
resonance this month as the plant biology community celebrates the
completion of the Arabidopsis genome project. In the painting that graces
the December Arabidopsis Special Issue of Plant Physiology (courtesy of
Dr. Chris Somerville), the artist Janet Wehr captures the understated
beauty of this weed-no-longer which has, by virtue of its diminutive
size, small genome, and brief life cycle, become a giant of science.
Because of its small size, predilection to self-pollinate, quick
generation time, and copious production of tiny seeds,<i> Arabidopsis
thaliana</i> has become the most powerful genetic and genomic model
system in plant biology. The amount of research on Arabidopsis has grown
from a trickle in the 1970s and 1980s to a steadily increasing flood in
the 1990s. The completion of the Arabidopsis genome sequence this month
is the culmination of a remarkable decade of worldwide growth and
collaboration, and will, no doubt, stimulate even more
Arabidopsis-related work. Evidence of the healthy state of cooperation in
Arabidopsis functional genomics is presented in this month's special
issue of<i> Plant Physiology,</i> which is solely devoted to Arabidopsis
and is</font><font face="Times, Times" size=4 color="#FF0000"> free
on-line from December 14 until the end of
January.</font><font face="Times, Times" size=4> In this issue, six
solicited articles are devoted to &quot;Resources and Opportunities&quot;
for Arabidopsis genome research. The purpose of these articles is not
only to make widely known what public resources are available, but also
to recognize the significant contributions of a number of dedicated
individuals. Specific articles are devoted to the seed and molecular
resources for Arabidopsis, the Arabidopsis genome project, the
Arabidopsis Gene-Chip project, the Arabidopsis microarray project, the
Arabidopsis knockout facility, and the Arabidopsis Information Service.
This issue also contains 28 research articles, 4 Scientific
Correspondence articles and 4 Updates, all concerning Arabidopsis-related
work. The Plant Physiology Editorial Board and staff hope very much that
many of you will take a moment of your time and read this free issue:
</font></b><a href="http://www.plantphysiol.org/" 
<font face="Times, Times" size=4><b>Thank you very much
indeed,</font></b><font face="Times, Times"> <br>
</font><font face="Times, Times" size=4><b>Natasha
Raikhel</font></b><font face="Times, Times"> <br>
</font><font face="Times, Times" size=4><b>Editor-in-Chief of Plant
<div>Natasha Raikhel</div>
<div>Editor-in-Chief, Plant Physiology</div>
<div>MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory</div>
<div>Michigan State University</div>
<div>East Lansing, MI 48824-1312 USA</div>
<div>Phone: (517) 353-3518</div>
<div>Fax: (517) 432-9560</div>
<div>e-mail: nraikhel at msu.edu</div>
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