Our Story


Arabidopsis by the Numbers

The ABRC was established in 1991, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in response to community needs as a central repository for Arabidopsis rresources. 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, propagate and maintain resources using best practices and to make them available to researchers and educators around the world. 


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 activities of the Center are essential towards fulfilling the community goal of having multiple mutant alleles for every one of the ~27,000 genes in the Arabidopsis genome.


Education resources include seeds, DNA and instructional materials. Education kits for K-12 and college levels are being developed by the combined effort of ABRC and the community. Some of these are further developed at ABRC, as part of our “Greening the Classroom” program. Contribution of education materials is welcome.