Model species continue to underpin groundbreaking plant science research. At the same time, the phylogenetic resolution of the land plant tree of life continues to improve. The intersection of these 2 research paths creates a unique opportunity to further extend the usefulness of model species across larger taxonomic groups. Here we promote the utility of the Arabidopsis thaliana model species, especially the ability to connect its genetic and functional resources, to species across the entire Brassicales order. We focus on the utility of using genomics and phylogenomics to bridge the evolution and diversification of several traits across the Brassicales to the resources in Arabidopsis, thereby extending scope from a model species by establishing a “model clade.” These Brassicales-wide traits are discussed in the context of both the model species Arabidopsis and the family Brassicaceae. We promote the utility of such a “model clade” and make suggestions for building global networks to support future studies in the model order Brassicales.

Oxford University Press (OUP)
The Plant Cell

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Staff publications

Mabry, Makenzie E, Abrahams, R Shawn, Al-Shehbaz, Ihsan A, Baker, William J, Barak, Simon, Barker, Michael S, … Harkess, Alex E. (2023). Complementing model species with model clades. The Plant Cell, (koad260), 1–22. doi:10.1093/plcell/koad260