By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Departments of Energy and Agriculture have just pumped $12.2 million into new research projects that will use genomics and other approaches to find ways to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of biofuel and bioenergy crops.

Under the joint program, the DOE will provide $10.2 million and USDA will award $2 million over three years to ten recipients of the 2011 round of biomass genomics research projects.

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