The enclosed report provides a five year (2003-2008) plan for the National Plant Genome
Initiative (NPGI). Implementation of this plan will build on significant advances made in the first five
years under the NPGI. The Initiative will advance the frontiers of plant science and keep the U.S. at the
forefront of research in this field.
The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) believes it is critical to continue and
even accelerate research efforts in plant genomics in order to take advantage of exciting scientific
opportunities that will lead to improved agriculture, energy and health, thus ensuring a high quality of life
for future generations. The scientific community has established extensive interdisciplinary and
international collaborations to achieve the goals of the NPGI. It is vital to
maintain their scientific momentum.
The NSTC Committee on Science’s Interagency Working Group on Plant Genomes received
input from many sectors of the scientific community, including the National Academy of Sciences,
industry, professional societies, and producer/grower organizations, in developing this report. I thank
them for their contributions and look forward to the continued success of the NPGI.