The Decadal Vision

Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015-2025

History of the Plant Summit

In September 2011, representatives from the full spectrum of plant science research – from basic to applied and industry to academia – gathered to develop a consensus plan to invigorate and guide plant science research over the next decade. The meeting marked the first time this diverse community assembled to unify their vision for the future. Summit participants were charged with articulating research priorities in plant science that positively impact grand challenges in areas such as health, energy, food, and environmental sustainability. A document, “The Green Frontier: A Unified Vision for Plant Research,” reflecting the consensus of the discussions and opinions exchanged during the 2011 Summit was assembled and distributed.

A second meeting, the Plant Summit 2013, consisting of a smaller cohort of plant scientists whose charge was to build upon the foundational work of the first Summit and develop a succinct compilation of recommended plant science research priorities, was convened in January 2013. The Summit report, Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015-2025, describes recommendations to excite, engage, educate and, perhaps most importantly, impact future budgetary discussions and decisions at the state and federal levels.

In 2019, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) convened the Plant Summit 2019  The PSRN was formed in 2015 as an outcome of the Decadal Vision (2015-2025) to overcome ingrained habits of individualizing disciplines and subdisciplines within them, with an eye toward broadening thinking and lowering barriers to effective interdisciplinary integration of ideas and approaches. The Plant Summit 2019 attendees included representatives from 15 scientific and professional organizations, early career researchers and industry scientists. The 2020 report, The Plant Science Decadal Vision (2020-2030): Reimagining the Potential of Plants for a Healthy Future, culminates four years of community engagement that has already led to visionary reports on future scenarios, cyberinfrastructure and postgraduate training.

Decadal Vision coverpage

Learn more about future initiatives in the plant sciences: 

Genomes to Field

Phytobiomes Roadmap

National Plant Systems Initiative

Plant Phenomics

Plant Science Research Network

Graduate Training Programs (such as Iowa State’s Predictive Plant Phenomics)

The Plant Science Research Summit 2013 received direct or in kind support from the following sponsors:

American Society of Plant Biologists

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

National Science Foundation (Award # MCB-1136911)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (NIFA Award # 2011-67013-30637)

U.S. Department of Energy (Award # DOE-SC0006924)


Contact Natalie Henkhaus (, Executive Coordinator for the Plant Science Research Network.