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NYU, Collaborators to Study Rice Genome for Possible Improvements

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - New York University will use a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the genomics of rice in an effort to learn more about links between the grain's genes and its characteristics as a domesticated food crop. 
NYU's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology will use the funding under the NSF's Plant Genome Research Program to conduct genome-wide association studies aimed at linking genes to characteristics that may be useful in maintaining the health or increasing the yield of the food source.
"Using new, genome-wide techniques in evolutionary genomics we can identify regions of the rice genome that contain genes important for grain size, plant height, and other traits that are involved in plant yield," NYU researcher Michael Purugganan said in a statement.
NYU said it is the lead institution in the rice study, but collaborating institutions include Washington University at St. Louis, Purdue University, and Cornell University.

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