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Univ. of Georgia Researcher Gets Grant for Plant Genomics Study

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program has awarded a team of University of Georgia researchers a four-year, $3.9 million grant to study the genes and enzymes that make plant cell wall materials and to investigate cell wall structure.

 

It is the latest in a series of grants totaling $36 million awarded to UGA researchers from the program since its inception in 1998. The latest grant follows on a $5.6 million grant titled "Functional Genomics of the Maize Centromere" awarded in July to a UGA team led by plant biologist Kelly Dawe.

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