The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) was established at The Ohio State University with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1991. Faculty staff and students collect, preserve, amplify and distribute the seeds, DNA, protein and other resources of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana to researchers worldwide.
We want to give students an opportunity to appreciate the potential of plants to address critical global issues, such as food and fuel crises and climate change by performing fun and exciting hands-on exercises.
The ABRC has made plants an integral part of the Columbus area K-12 curriculum through the Green K-12+ initiative, a pilot program composed of a series of user-friendly exercises that help explain basic scientific concepts to students, approved by the Columbus City Schools Curriculum Committee. ABRC is an official partner with the Columbus City Schools.
The ABRC is located in Ohio State’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS).
Its seed area contains a laboratory, a seed dispensing robot (SAM), two humidity-controlled rooms for seed handling, four large growth chambers for growing plants, three dry cold-rooms in two locations for seed storage and two -20 C freezers for long-term backup and storage
DNA laboratory equipment includes a Biomek 3000 liquid handling robot, two incubators and two laminar flow hoods. DNA stocks are stored in ten ultra-low freezers in three locations and in a walk-in cold room.
A grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists funds TRAINED: Translating Research on Arabidopsis into a Network of Educational Resources — a central hub for linking, searching and ordering Arabidopsis educational resources and integrating K-12 and undergraduate education initiatives.
Our education kits, which utilize Arabidopsis to demonstrate key concepts of biology, are distributed all over the world free of charge.
1060 Carmack Rd.
Phone: (614) 292-9371