This article is part of a special issue on plant genomics.
Turning over a new leaf in plant genomics
1 The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK
2 Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Genome Biology 2013, 14:403 doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-6-403Published: 27 June 2013
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Plant species have adapted to most of the planet's ecosystems, offering an amazing range of traits, behaviors and morphologies. Unlocking the underlying mechanisms for this diversity is providing novel insights into the molecular hardwiring of plants and how they interact with their environment, furnishing new opportunities to develop better and more sustainable crops. Access to fast and inexpensive sequencing and advances in computational methods, coupled with an increasing demand for food and fuel crops, have provided the basis for the current revolution in plant genomics.