By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Illinois to use a range of genomics approaches to study if a gene system in sorghum could eventually be used and manipulated to increase biofuel production.

The research at the university will use comparative genomics, targeted resequencing, RNA expression analysis, and association mapping to characterize sorghum in order to regulate the maturation of shoots.

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