Vision, challenges and opportunities for a plant cell atlas

Suryatapa Ghosh Jha, Alexander T. Borowsky, Benjamin J. Cole, Noah Fahlgren, Andrew Farmer, Shao Shan Carol Huang, Purva Karia, Marc Libault, Nicholas J. Provart, Selena L. Rice, Maite Saura-Sanchez, Pinky Agarwal, Amir H. Ahkami, Christopher R. Anderton, Steven P. Briggs, Jennifer An Brophy, Peter Denolf, Luigif Di Costanzo, Moises Exposito-Alonso, Stefania GiacomelloFabio Gomez-Cano, Kerstin Kaufmann, Dae Kwan Ko, Sagar Kumar, Andrey V. Malkovskiy, Naomi Nakayama, Toshihiro Obata, Marisa S. Otegui, Gergo Palfalvi, Elsa H. Quezada-Rodríguez, Rajveer Singh, R. Glen Uhrig, Jamie Waese, Klaas VAN WIJK, R. Clay Wright, David W. Ehrhardt, Kenneth D. Birnbaum, Seung Y. Rhee

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With growing populations and pressing environmental problems, future economies will be increasingly plant-based. Now is the time to reimagine plant science as a critical component of fundamental science, agriculture, environmental stewardship, energy, technology and healthcare. This effort requires a conceptual and technological framework to identify and map all cell types, and to comprehensively annotate the localization and organization of molecules at cellular and tissue levels. This framework, called the Plant Cell Atlas (PCA), will be critical for understanding and engineering plant development, physiology and environmental responses. A workshop was convened to discuss the purpose and utility of such an initiative, resulting in a roadmap that acknowledges the current knowledge gaps and technical challenges, and underscores how the PCA initiative can help to overcome them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere66877
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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