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View Resource First-Ever Complete Plant Genome Sequence Is Announced

An international research team has completed the first plant genome sequence ever, for the species Arabidopsis thaliana. This news and four accompanying articles are featured in the December 14, 2000 issue of the journal Nature. This Website is from the National Science Foundation's news service and describes the recent advance.
View Resource IPGRI: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute

This website is the homepage of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), "an international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations." The site is packed with informative resources on agricultural biodiversity, including IPGRI breaking news, downloadable publications, links to...
View Resource Missouri Botanical Garden-Applied Research: DNA Banking

This website describes DNA Banking at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The site provides brief sections covering background, goals, and organization of the collection. A link is provided to the Applied Research DNA Specimen Database which "is organized alphabetically by plant family, genus, and species and individual taxa can be selected to display information on samples in the collection." This...
View Resource The Future of Genetically Modified Crops: Lessons from the Green Revolution

Concern about supplying sufficient food for the Earth's population has concerned humankind since antiquity, and has been the focus of commentary from such notables as Thomas Malthus and countless others. Most recently, there has been growing concern about the so-called "Gene Revolution", in which "genetically modified (GM) crops are tailored to address chronic agricultural problems in certain...