25 April 2008
Vol 320, Issue 5875

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COVER Representatives of diverse species from the plant kingdom. The genomes of thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), grape (Vitis viniferva), rice (Oryza sativa), and the moss Physcomitrella patens have been sequenced, and there is ongoing genetic research on apple (Malus domestica), rose (Rosa spp.), tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), Gerbera daisy (Gerbera hybrida), monkey flower (Mimulus lewisii), columbine (Aquilegia formosa), maize (Zea mays), wheat (Triticum aestivum), tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), and the fern Ceratopteris richardii. The special section beginning on page 465 includes News stories and Perspectives exploring plant biology, ecology, economic applications, and the future of plant genomics research.

Photo illustration: Kelly Krause/Science (images: Jupiter Images, Getty Images, USDA, Oregon State University)