1. Online resources for deducing the correspondence of cotton genes to those of other fully-sequenced angiosperms, permitting researchers to quickly leverage information from leading botanical models to infer probable functions of many cotton genes.

2. Enabling tools that are suitable for mutating genes of interest in a targeted manner will empower researchers to determine the functions of cotton genes that do not resemble those of other organisms.

3. Genetic stocks that provide access to most of the naturally-occurring diversity among cotton species, in a form that is 'breeder-friendly', i.e. amenable to rapid incorporation into traditional plant improvement approaches

4. Online resources that provide for ready access to existing information and centralized accumulation of additional information on the enabling tools.