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Thanks already to the numerous individuals in various countries who have already shared expertise and advice by e-mail and telephone. Thanks also for pro bono research assistance to graduate students Amanda Luongo and Frank Kutka in Cornell University's Department of Plant Breeding, and to graduate student, Siddarth Krishnaswamy, International Agriculture Program, Cornell.