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NSF Awards $59.7M in Grants Under Plant Genome Research Program

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Science Foundation has awarded 19 grants worth a total of $59.7 million under its Plant Genome Research Program.


According to the NSF, the two- to five-year grants are worth between $622,000 and $7.7 million each, and support research and tools related to improving understanding of economically important crop plants such as soybean and wheat, as well as uncovering the details of the genetic control of plant processes including seed growth and disease resistance.


The new awards were made to 36 US institutions in 24 states, as well as three international collaborative programs, the NSF said. First-time grant recipients include California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Claflin University, Michigan Technological University, University of Puget Sound, University of South Carolina, and University of Wyoming.


Examples of projects receiving PGRP support are a project led by the University of Washington in Seattle to investigate hybrid vigor; an effort at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to explore nitrogen responses in maize to elucidate the genetic basis for dramatically increased yields following fertilization; and a University of California, Los Angeles-led project focused on identifying all of the genes and regulatory networks required to make a soybean seed.


A complete list of the 2005 PGRP award recipients can be found here.

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