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USDA and DOE Awards $5.7M for Biobased Fuels Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Departments of Agriculture and Energy jointly awarded nine grants worth $5.7 million for biobased fuels research, the agencies said today.
 
USDA granted more than $1.8 million to fund three projects through its Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. A team from North Carolina State University received $700,000, Kansas State University received $700,000, and University of Georgia received $445,000 in funding.
 
The DOE awarded nearly $3.9 million to fund six projects through its Office of Biological and Environmental Research. A team from Purdue University received $1.4 million, Oklahoma’s Noble Foundation received $800,000, Texas A&M University received $800,000, USDA-Agricultural Research Service at the University of Wisconsin received $333,000, Carnegie Institute of Washington received $359,100 and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York received $300,000 in funding.
 
This is the first year CSREES and OBER made joint awards for this program. The funding will support projects for up to three years.
 
The research projects focus on poplar, alfalfa, sorghum, wheat, and other grasses.

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