National Plant Genome Initiative, Progress Report * January 2005


Dear Colleague Letter

Interagency Working Group on Plant Genomes
* Committee on Science
* National Science and Technology Council

Current Status of Plant Genomes Sequences


Plans for the Next Year

URLs for Major Resources

About the National Science and Technology Council

Image Credits




The National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) was established in 1998 as a coordinated national plant genome research project. The completion of the eighth year marks the third year of the Initiative under the second NPGI Five-Year Plan entitled, ”National Plant Genome Initiative: 2003-2008” ( The six major objectives are:

• Continued Elucidation of Genome Structure and Organization
• Functional Genomics
• Translational Plant Genomics
• Bioinformatics
• Education, Training and Outreach
• Consideration of Broader Impacts

Coordination of activities, guidance and oversight is provided by the Interagency Working Group on Plant Genomes (IWG) under the auspices of the Committee of Science of the National Science and Technology Council with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Participating agencies include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), Agency for International Development (USAID), OSTP and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Each agency participates in the NPGI in a manner consistent with its specific mission.

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