The ABRC was established in 1991, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in response to community needs and with a goal to represent a central repository for Arabidopsis research resources. The Center is associated with the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) and is located at The Ohio State University. Our mission is to acquire resources developed by leaders in the field, to propagate and maintain those resources using best practices and to make them available to researchers and educators around the world. We are also involved in educational initiatives which complement the community service mission of the ABRC.
The ABRC serves a dynamic community of plant researchers with a common goal to understand the basic processes of flowering plants, as well as to apply this understanding to further crop improvement. The activity of the Center is essential towards fulfilling the community goal of having multiple mutant alleles for every one of the Arabidopsis ~27,000 genes. Approximately 10,000 registered users from diverse disciplines utilize the Center by ordering close to 100,000 stocks annually.