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NSF Awards Purdue $4.5M to Sequence Soybean Genome

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (GenomeWeb News) - Purdue University said today that it has been awarded a four-year, $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to sequence and analyze the soybean genome.

 

Plant geneticist Scott Jackson will lead the team of researchers at Purdue.

 

According to the university, the US produces more than 2.7 billion bushels of soybeans annually, resulting in a $15.1 billion business.

 

"Considering how important the soybean is economically and agriculturally, relatively little had been done to learn about its genetic makeup compared with the study of maize and rice," Jackson said in a statement.

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