NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Ontario has granted C$3.2 million ($2.7 million) for corn genomics research and DNA identification studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario, the university said today.

The Ontario Research Fund has granted C$2.8 million for studies of the genomics involved in corn growth, and it has granted C$400,000 for the University of Guelph-based Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding.

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