Plant Molecular Biology (2005) 59: vii Springer 2005 DOI 10.1007/s11103-005-2196-0 With the completion of the rice genome sequence In this special issue of Plant Molecular Biology through the International Rice Genome Sequenc- we celebrate the completion of the rice genome ing Project (IRGSP, 2005), the scientiﬁc commu- with a collection of articles highlighting the future nity is now poised for a complete functional direction of rice functional and comparative characterization of the rice genome. genomics. This characterization will entail many levels To functionally characterize the rice genome in a and includes the generation and analysis of gen- systematic way, this next wave in rice biological ome-wide mutant and introgression lines as well as research must be highly coordinated. In 2003 expression and whole genome tiling arrays. The the International Rice Functional Genomics Con- functional characterization eﬀort will not only sortium (http://www.iris.irri.org/IRFGC/) was focus on the genome, but also include a complete formed to help coordinate these activities. The fu- analysis of the proteome and metabolome of rice. ture of rice and cereal functional genomics is in your Comparative genomics will play a critical role to hands and we invite you to join us entering this new better understand the evolution of the rice gen- and exciting era of discovery. ome. Since rice is considered the Rosetta Stone of the cereals, the information obtained from functional and comparative studies in rice can be applied to Reference better understand maize, sorghum and the other The International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (2005). The large genome cereals such as barley, oat and Map Based Sequence of the Rice Genome. Nature 436: 739– wheat. The collective knowledge gained will lead to signiﬁcant improvements in crop production to help feed the world and advance our fundamental Rod Wing understanding of cereals as biological systems. Guest editor
Plant Molecular Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 21, 2005
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