MASC annual reports
One of MASC's major goals is to strengthen international cooperation. Through the combined efforts promoted by MASC, more progress in Arabidopsis research is achieved and redundancy is reduced. Since 1990, Arabidopsis researchers and representatives from community projects and resources regularly report their progress and reccommend future directions in Arabidopsis research. Since 2002 the annual Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) report is compiled by MASC chairs and coordinator and published at the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR).
Below you can find download links to past MASC reports.
3rd Roadmap (2012-2021)
The Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee - From Bench to Bountiful Harvests
MASC Report 2012: 2020 Roadmap - From bench to bountiful harvests
2nd Roadmap (2002-2011)
The Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee - Beyond the Whole Genome Sequence
1st Roadmap (1990-2001)
Multinational Coordinated Arabidopsis thaliana Genome Research Project
Documents & Articles
Here you can also find important publications and reports in which MASC members were major contributors. These include scientific publications as well as reports and reccommendations formulated during and after community meetings and workshops organized by MASC members all over the world. Specific topics are covered during these meetings, ranging from general community efforts to project specific workshops that are organized by e.g. MASC subcommittees.
Road Map related Articles
> Nicholas Provart et al. (2016) 50 years of Arabidopsis research: highlights and future directions. New Phytologist 209(3):921-44.
> Irene Lavagi, Mark Estelle, Wolfram Weckwerth, Jim Beynon and Ruth M. Bastow (2012) From Bench to Bountiful Harvests: A Road Map for the Next Decade of Arabidopsis Research, The Plant Cell June 2012 vol. 24 no. 6 2240-2247.
> Update of MASC Activities from 2019 Annual Meeting. Prepared by Nick Provart.
EU 2020 European Vision for Plant Science [Download PDF]
The workshop aimed to map a way forward for plant science in the next decade, by looking at the current major challenges facing biology and investigating how plants, particularly Arabidopsis, could provide solutions to these challenges.
2020 Vision for Biology: The Role of Plants in Addressing Grand Challenges in Biology [Download PDF]
Report from an NSF-sponsored workshop held January 3-5, 2008 that focused on the future directions for plant research, with special emphasis on the role of the reference species Arabidopsis in uncovering fundamental biological principles that will enable us to face future challenges to our well-being and that of the global environment.
A workshop summary was published by Natasha Raikhel: Raikhel, N. (2008) 2020 Vision for Biology: The Role of Plants in Addressing Grand Challenges in Biology, Mol. Plant (2008)1(4): 561-563. PMID: 19825561
The Next Generation of Training for Arabidopsis Researchers: Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology.
Here, we discuss guidelines, skill sets, and core competencies that should be considered when developing curricula or training undergraduate or graduate students, postdoctoral, researchers, and faculty. A selected case study provides more specificity as to the concrete issues plant biologists face and how best to address such challenges.
Plant Cyberinfrastructure Workshop Report [Download PDF].
An outline for the next stage of the functional genomics research landscape. Report from an NSF-sponsored workshop held on October 17-18, 2005 documents the need and goals for a plant cyberinfrastructure for facilitating the synthesis of new biological insights from all available functional genomics data.
Mid-course Evaluation of 2010 Program [Download PDF]
Report on the NSF 2010 Evaluation workshop held August 25-26, 2005 in Arlington, VA.
Data Integration Within the International Arabidopsis Community [Download PDF]
Report from the NSF workshop held April 18-19, 2005 at TIGR in Rockville, MD.
Functional Genomics and the Virtual Plant [Download PDF] [Link to TAIR]
A blueprint for understanding how plants are built and how to improve them. Report from an NSF-sponsored workshop (Jan. 13-14, 2000 at the Salk Institute in San Diego, CA) to discuss the feasibility of commencing a publicly-funded program (AT2010) to determine the function of all Arabidopsis genes during the next decade, using a systems approach, and sets the goals for functional genomics research.
Realizing the Potential of Plant Genomics: From Model Systems to the Understanding of Diversity [Link to NSF site]
Report (published in April, 1999) from the NSF-sponsored 'New Directions in Plant Biological Research' workshop held November 23 & 24, 1998 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford University.
Long-range Plan for the Multinational Coordinated Arabidopsis thaliana Genome Reseearch Project [Download PDF]
This report (published in 1990) culminated from 4 NSF-sponsored workshops and input from the international research community at the Fourth International Arabidopsis Conference held in Vienna, in 1990.