Although NSF and NIH provide some postdoctoral awards for plant biologists, neither supports the substantial amount of graduate training in plant biology that is prerequisite for postdoctoral work.
A survey of instrumentation and facilities needs for agricultural biotechnology, conducted at 13 representative U.S. land grant universities and two private companies in 1989, has shown a critical need for instruments, modern laboratory space, and consumable materials (NASULGC, 1989). Although the study was intended to gauge the needs for agricultural biotechnology, we perceive its findings to mirror a pervasive problem in all segments of plant science. Collections and herbaria that serve as important research resources generally are poorly supported. There is a need to ensure that these resources are not lost through neglect.