Message from the Editor

It has been a decade since The Arabidopsis Book (TAB) was launched under the direction of Chris Somerville and Elliot Meyerowitz as comprehensive information about Arabidopsis thaliana. Arabidopsis research has now matured and established its position as the “model system” for basic plant science.

Since then, the new research area of epigenetics has flourished, completely changing our view on regulation of gene expression, chromosome stability, and genome evolution. Advancement of powerful next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatic analysis tools has been integral to genome-level understanding of plant evolution and adaptive variations. Technological advances in live imaging revealed dynamics of plant organelles and cells underpinning plant development and environmental responses. The importance of plant science has been increasingly recognized for agriculture, energy feedstock, and climate change studies.

The objective of TAB is to provide scholarly and authoritative overviews of the state of knowledge about Arabidopsis for the plant biology community. As a free-access serial publication, TAB contributes to a wide-range of audiences, including young researchers and students, all around the world. Each review article is written by the scientists who actively lead each research discipline and then peer-reviewed and carefully edited by our editorial board members. The high quality and scientific rigor of each article, and the fact that each paper is freely and widely accessible from the moment of publication, characterize the uniqueness of TAB as a forum for plant biologists.

Thanks to the dedication of our former editor-in-chief, Rob Last, TAB now extensively covers topics in plant metabolites and biochemical pathways. To strengthen newly emerged and rapidly advancing research disciplines, Luca Comai and Ryan Lister recently joined the TAB editorial board. TAB is now positioned to expand into epigenetics, genomics/epigenomics, chromosomal biology, and natural variation while updating and expanding on existing topics of strengths, such as development, environmental response, cell and organelle biology, and physiology. Taking advantage of web-only publishing, TAB encourages authors to update and revise existing review articles as research disciplines advance with new knowledge. In 2013, we plan to update our present articles and revamp our online functionality for even better discoverability and accessibility.

It is our goal for TAB to serve the plant biology research community at the same level as our ASPB sister journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and active participation!

January 1, 2013

Keiko Torii