Arabidopsis thaliana Genomic Sequencing

The Arabidopsis Genome Initiative (AGI) was set up in 1996. Consisting of 6 groups, it’s mission was to sequence the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana by 2004 at high accuracy. Various aspects of the sequencing mission were divided between the 6 groups:


The sequencing project was completed in 2000, four years ahead of schedule.

The sequence derived from the AGI’s efforts were the subject of a number of publications in nature, including:

Before, during, and subsequent to the AGI’s efforts, groups, including some of those involved in the genomic sequencing, were involved in sequencing Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) from Arabidopsis. The following companies and institutes were involved in these efforts:

Today there are more than 622,000 Arabidopsis ESTs in the dbEST database at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).