Title: The Green Plant
BAC library Project - Public resources for studying
evolution, physiology and developement. (Funded by National
The BAC Green Plant project is designed to accomplish
1) Construction of high-quality BAC libraries, clones
and filter arrays which will provide a genomic resource
for all plant biologists. This will give all plant biologists
access to a much wider range of species and will allow
everyone to address questions on topics from molecules
to gross morphology.
2) In an analogy to the extremely successful focus on
two model systems, Arabidopsis and rice, focusing experts
in green algae, non-seed land plants, and seed plants
(including flowering plants) on genes critical for understanding
plant form and function will speed progress in understanding
how land plants arose and diversified.
3) Use Bioinformatics and easy-to-use web sites to help
the genomic community access the BAC resources that
will be built. Workshops to train people to use these
BAC resources will most quickly spread their usage.
The long-term goal of this project is to provide the
resources, through the production of BAC libraries,
for future research to elucidate the genetic basis for
the transitions that mark the most fundamentally important
steps in green plant evolution.
This project would also help to answer the fundamental
biological question: what is the genetic basis for the
key innovations that enabled the green plants to diversify
from aquatic unicellular or simple colonial life forms
to life on land, an evolution that has led to the flowering
plants as the dominant life form on earth today?
This can be done by providing
the plant science community with new and fundamentally
important set of deep-coverage large-insert BAC libraries
for examining the genetic basis of these innovations.