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This article is part of a special issue on plant genomics.

Open Badges Editorial

Turning over a new leaf in plant genomics

Mario Caccamo1* and Erich Grotewold2

Author Affiliations

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

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:403  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-6-403

Published: 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.