NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture have injected $10 million into new research projects seeking to harness knowledge about plant genomes to make them better resources of bioenergy and biofuels, DOE said yesterday.

Awarded under the DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and USDA's Agricultural and Food Research Initiative, the eight grants are part of an Obama Administration initiative to accelerate the use of woody plant biomass as alternatives for fossil fuels.

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