Agronomy and Horticulture Department


Date of this Version



The Plant Cell, Vol. 25: 4775–4776, December 2013


Copyright 2013 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.


The plant science community is being called upon as never before to carry out research that addresses challenges in food, climate, and health, to educate a populace inundated with science misinformation, and to excite and recruit a new generation of scientists from among that populace, all while investments in basic research are stagnant or even declining in many countries. The Decadal Vision (Plant Science Research Summit, 2013) represents a response from that community, one that launches a meaningful and ongoing dialogue about how best to accomplish these goals. In that spirit, we welcome this thoughtful commentary by Cathie Martin (Martin, 2013).