Recent advances in biology have been associated with several important technological advances in genomic research. Large numbers of new plant genes are being discovered daily and in the near future, we expect to know the entire set of genes present in a model simple plant called Arabidopsis.
However, sequence information only serves as an efficient starting point. The next generation of research will focus on functional significance of novel genes, and their potential utilization for improving crop growth and productivity. This can be carried out through the functional analysis of the newly discovered genes. In many cases, genes are expressed when they are needed; thus an important parameter alluding to their function is characterizing the expression profile of a gene or a network of genes. The Raymond Burton Fund is dedicated to support such research.