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Welcome to PGROP

The mission of the PGROP site is to provide a centralized access point for locating Plant Genome Research "Outreach" activities, programs and resources. The site seeks to be a portal that serves the needs of a wide-ranging audience. Whether you are a high-school student or teacher, an undergraduate or graduate student, university faculty, someone looking for opportunities for minorities and underrepresented groups, or a member of the public at large (and that includes everyone!) - you will find a wealth of information and tools at your fingertips as you walk through the portal.

Why is plant genome research so exciting? Quite simply, plants provide essentials for our existence - ranging from oxygen, food, fibers for clothing, wood for shelter, to natural environments for meditation and spiritual regeneration. Plant genome research helps us understand how plants play these remarkable roles, from seed to maturity and harvest.

A detailed account of the prospects and priorities of public plant genome research is available in the most current National Plant Genome Initiative Progress Report (2008). The present five-year plan of the NPGI was published in January 2009.

A description of the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) is available at the PGRP home page.

Do you know of a site that you feel should be listed in PGROP...  We'd love to hear about it. Click on Suggest a Resource, fill out the form, and one of our curators will enter your suggestions into the PGROP database.

Plant PhysiologyRead About PGROP in the March 2004 issue of Plant Physiology

PGROP is supported entirely by NSF grant DBI-0606909.
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Annotation for Amateurs

Annotation for Amateurs

Anyone can annotate genes. This site is designed to teach users the basics of gene annotation and provides access to several plant genomes which can be annotated. Once you learn to annotate genes you too can submit proposed annotations that will be evaluated by professionals. If your annotation is accepted it will be added to the appropriate genome database!

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