Reading the Second Code: Mapping Epigenomes to Understand Plant Growth, Development, and Adaptation to the Environment

Berger, F., Cao, X. F., Chandler, V., Dennis, L., Martienssen, R., Meyers, B., Pikaard, C., Peacock, J., Richards, E., Wagner, D., Weigel, D., Colot, V., Deal, R., Dean, C., Ecker, J., Gehring, M., Gong, Z. Z., Gregory, B., Rodrigo, G., Gutierrez-Marcos, J., Hasebe, M., Hwang, I. D., Jacobsen, S., Kakutani, T., Li, J. Y., Michaels, S., Noh, Y. S., Provart, N., Vaughn, M., Comm, EPIC Planning (June 2012) Reading the Second Code: Mapping Epigenomes to Understand Plant Growth, Development, and Adaptation to the Environment. The Plant cell, 24 (6). pp. 2257-2261. ISSN 1040-4651

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URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22751210
DOI: 10.1105/tpc.112.100636

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.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > plant behavior
organism description > plant
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Communities: CSHL labs > Martienssen lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: June 2012
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 21:23
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 21:23
PMCID: PMC340691
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/26900

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