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From a small weed comes great things

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CONFERENCE: The 22nd International Conference on Arabidopsis Research to be held June 22-25, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin  (Duke University)

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For more than two decades, research on the small weed Arabidopsis thaliana has driven advances in plant biology as well as agriculture. NSF supplied initial funding for sequencing the plant's genome and continues to fund research from around the globe related to plant.

Because research on A. thaliana rapidly changes, the annual International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) meeting is essential for exchanging knowledge and exploring new frontiers. The meeting fosters dialogue among those who may be separated by geography, career stage or culture.

Over the last 10 years, with the help of NSF grants, ICAR has strengthened key attendee segments such as early career researchers, interdisciplinary scholars and scientists from underrepresented backgrounds and institutions. ICAR also developed a conference survey for these groups that evaluates the professional and personal benefits of the meeting.

NSF's investment in the Arabidopsis research community supports training of many graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and helps recruit many scientists not initially trained in plant biology. These efforts uniquely position the Arabidopsis research community to address major challenges in biology.  


  • engineered arabidopsis plants accumulate purple pigment when grown around nitrogenous compounds
Engineered arabidopsis plants accumulate purple pigment in the presence of nitrogenous compounds.
Carsten Meier, Aresa Biodetection, Denmark

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