Decadal Vision

On December 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, BTI President David Stern unleashed the Decadal Vision. David and co-organizer Sally Mackenzie, professor of Agronomy and Horticulture at University of Nebraska–Lincoln were joined by Toni Kutchan, Vice President of Research at the Danforth Plant Science Center, who discussed biodiversity, plant chemistry, and bio-based products, including medicines. Pat Schnable, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, regarding bioinformatics/big data, discussed how the Decadal Vision relates to commodities, as well as teaching us the difference between “genotype” and “phenotype.”

Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science, A Vision for 2015–2025


  1. Increase the ability to predict plant traits from genomes in diverse environments
  2. Discover, catalog, and utilize plant-derived chemicals
  3. Assemble plant traits in different ways to solve problems
  4. Enhance the ability to find answers in a torrent of data (sharing, format, patterns, and meaning)
  5. Create a “T-training” environment for plant science doctoral students
Plants and data streams
For more information on the Vision for a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science, 2015–2025, please contact the office of BTI President David Stern, Boyce Thompson Institute, 533 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853,, phone: (607) 254-1306.


Boyce Thompson Institute
533 Tower Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14853