semester-long and short courses in all aspects of bioinformatics, statistical genomics, evolutionary biology and computational biology. There is a long history of timely and focused training support in emerging disciplines among the agencies that support the NPGI, and we encourage the resurrection of past models designed to recruit people with new intellectual outlooks into plant biology. The need for different types of expertise in plant biology is particularly striking in database creation and maintenance and in the statistical analysis of complex data, such as data from mRNA-expression and protein-profiling experiments. Therefore, in combination with the overall bioinformatics goals outlined in the previous section, the NPGI should support interdisciplinary efforts to bridge the widening gap between biologists and scientists trained in quantitative disciplines.

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