Reading the second code: Mapping epigenomes to understand plant growth, development, and adaptation to the environment

The EPIC Planning Committee, Fred Berger, Xiao Feng Cao, Vicki Chandler, Liz Dennis, Rob Martienssen, Blake Meyers, Craig Pikaard, Jim Peacock, Eric Richards, Doris Wagner, Detlef Weigel, Vincent Colot, Roger Deal, Caroline Dean, Joe Ecker, Mary Gehring, Zhizhong Gong, Brian Gregory, Gutierrez RodrigoJose Gutierrez-Marcos, Mitsuyasu Hasebe, Il Doo Hwang, Steve Jacobsen, Tetsuji Kakutani, Jiayang Li, Scott Michaels, Yoo Sun Noh, Nick Provart, Matt Vaughn

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Abstract

We have entered a new era in agricultural and biomedical science made possible by remarkable advances in DNA sequencing technologies. The complete sequence of an individual’s set of chromosomes (collectively, its genome) provides a primary genetic code for what makes that individual unique, just as the contents of every personal computer reflect the unique attributes of its owner. But a second code, composed of “epigenetic” layers of information, affects the accessibility of the stored information and the execution of specific tasks. Nature’s second code is enigmatic and must be deciphered if we are to fully understand and optimize the genetic potential of crop plants. The goal of the Epigenomics of Plants International Consortium is to crack this second code, and ultimately master its control, to help catalyze a new green revolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2257-2261
Number of pages5
JournalPlant Cell
Volume24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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