Complementing model species with model clades

Makenzie Mabry, R.S. Abrahams, Ihsan Al-Shehbaz, William Baker, Simon Barak, Michael Barker, Russell Barrett, Aleksandra Beric, Samik Bhattacharya, Sarah Carey, Gavin Conant, John Conran, Maheshi Dassanayake, Patrick Edger, Jocelyn Hall, Yue Hao, Kasper Hendriks, Julian Hibberd, Graham King, Daniel KliebensteinMarcus Koch, Ilia Leitch, Frederic Lens, Martin Lysak, Alex Mcalvay, Michael Mckibben, Francesco Mercati, Richard Moore, Klaus Mummenhoff, Daniel Murphy, Lachezar Nikolov, Michael Pisias, Eric Roalson, Eric Schranz, Shawn Thomas, Qingyi Yu, Alan Yocca, Chris Pires, Alex Harkess*

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Model species continue to underpin groundbreaking plant science research. At the same time, the phylogenetic resolution of the land plant Tree of Life continues to improve. The intersection of these two research paths creates a unique opportunity to further extend the usefulness of model species across larger taxonomic groups. Here we promote the utility of the Arabidopsis thaliana model species, especially the ability to connect its genetic and functional resources, to species across the entire Brassicales order. We focus on the utility of using genomics and phylogenomics to bridge the evolution and diversification of several traits across the Brassicales to the resources in Arabidopsis, thereby extending scope from a model species by establishing a “model clade”. These Brassicales-wide traits are discussed in the context of both the model species Arabidopsis thaliana and the family Brassicaceae. We promote the utility of such a “model clade” and make suggestions for building global networks to support future studies in the model order Brassicales.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberkoad260
Pages (from-to)1205-1226
JournalThe Plant Cell
Issue number5
Early online date12 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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