NEW YORK, Nov. 2 - The National Science Foundation has awarded $71 million in grants toward plant genome research this year, a significant boost for academic efforts into decoding the structural and functional genetics of plants.

The figure represents a big jump from last year, which saw about $48 million in awards, and fiscal year 1999, when grants totaled $61.8 million.

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