Plants provide food and oxygen for the entire biosphere, literally supporting the existence
of life on Earth. They also provide shelter, fiber, fuel, and medicinal compounds that
profoundly affect mankind. Plants fascinate biologists because they regulate ecosystem
processes, form complex relationships with other organisms, and have intriguing patterns
of development and diversity. This presentation
to download PowerPoint
presentation) from the journal The Plant Cell
highlights the importance of
studying plants and plant biology.
New Horizons in Plant Sciences
by the National Academy of Sciences provides a summary of the achievements of the National
Plant Genome Initiative.