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The project will further benefit society by integrating its research objectives with educational activities and materials that will engage and inform the public and increase participation by members of underrepresented groups. These include a combined classroom and research experience program for small-college undergraduates, training workshops for plant biologists, multi-media educational resources to engage middle and high school students, and this web site, for public access to project-related materials, publications, and data. Moreover, the project will foster the development of diverse junior personnel into independent scientists.