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. Additional information can be found on the Plant Summit page.

A second meeting, 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. We envision the recommendations developed through these meetings as a tool to excite, engage, educate, and, perhaps most importantly, impact future budgetary discussions and decisions at the state and federal levels.

Decadal Vision coverpage


Formation of the National Plant Science Council

Plant Phenomics

Plant Science Research Network

Future Initiatives

Learn more about future initiatives in the plant sciences: 

Genomes to Field

Phytobiomes Roadmap

National Plant Systems Initiative


The Plant Science Research Summit has 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 Crispin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, at or 301-251-0560, ext 115.