NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council said today that the Crop Improvement Research Club, a public-private consortium that funds studies of cereal crops, has invested £4 million ($6.5 million) to support nine new research projects.

The CIRC is funded by the BBSRC, the Scottish Government, and 14 companies, including plant breeders Monsanto UK, Syngenta, BASF Plant Science, as well as groups representing farmers and food processors.

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