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Arabidopsis 2010 Project

Arabidopsis is the major plant model organism, with a small genome, small physical size, profligate reproduction, and a rapid lifecycle. While its genome has been sequenced, the locations and functions of the vast majority of Arabidopsis regulatory sequences (which define when, where, and to what extent different genes are activated or silenced) are currently obscure.

We aim to create comprehensive maps of A. thaliana regulatory DNA and transcription factor regulatory networks through study of major tissues, developmental and differentiation stages, stress and environmental cues, and chemical exposures. These data will greatly enhance our understanding of plant genome function and its dynamic regulation, and the role of regulatory variation in quantitatively varying phenotypes.