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Journal of Botany
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 646198, 10 pages
Review Article

The Genomes of All Angiosperms: A Call for a Coordinated Global Census

1School of Plant Sciences and Bio5 Institute, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
2Department of Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
3Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St Louis, St Louis, MO 63121-4400, USA
4Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-7400, USA
5Florida Museum of Natural History and The Genetics Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Received 1 June 2011; Accepted 22 August 2011

Academic Editor: Andrew Wood

Copyright © 2011 David W. Galbraith et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recent advances in biological instrumentation and associated experimental technologies now permit an unprecedented efficiency and scale for the acquisition of genomic data, at ever-decreasing costs. Further advances, with accompanying decreases in cost, are expected in the very near term. It now becomes appropriate to discuss the best uses of these technologies in the context of the angiosperms. This white paper proposes a complete genomic census of the approximately 500,000 species of flowering plants, outlines the goals of this census and their value, and provides a road map towards achieving these goals in a timely manner.