MASC Report 2016/2017

The Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) is responsible for supporting global Arabidopsis research. This is acheived through two mechanisms:

Firstly MASC members organise the annual International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR). This meeting often welcomes up to and over 1000 delegates to a location that switches between Asia, Europe and The Americas on a three-year cycle.

This years ICAR meeting in the St Louis, USA whilst the 2018 ICAR takes place in Turku, Finland.

Secondly MASC publishes an annual report (previous report can be found here) that includes updates from the MASC subcommittees (Bioinformatics, Epigenetics and Epigenomics, ORFeomics, Metabolomics, Natural Variation, Phenomics, Proteomics, Systems and Synthetic Biology), from Project Resources (such as Araport, TAIR, uNASC etc) and updates from the twenty-eight individual MASC country representatives.

In 2017 the GARNet coordinator took on the role of the MASC coordinator and has been responsible for collating the MASC Annual Report.

The PDF of the MASC Annual Report can be downloaded here.

We would encourage taking a look at this, not least to discover information about the remarkable set of collaborative tools that are available to the global research community.

More information about MASC can be found at

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