Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

USDA Awards $11M for Plant Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Agriculture has granted $11 million to four research universities to study plant genomics and ways to improve the nutrition and health values of important crops, USDA said on Wednesday.

The Coordinated Agricultural Project awards will fund applied plant genomics research and education on using genomics to inform breeding of crops such as tomato, potato, barley, soybean, and trees.

The CAP awardees include: North Dakota State University, which received $4 million; the University of Minnesota, which won $955,000; Michigan State University, which was awarded $3.75 million; and the University of California, Davis, which won $2.5 million.

"CAP grants represent an investment in improving the human condition," Agriculture Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Rajiv Shah, said in a statement. "These research dollars yield the best returns because we are focusing on the areas we know advances … a high likelihood for real impact."

The largest of these grants, the $4 million to NDSU, will focus on legume genetics and genomics, specifically on health and nutritional aspects of these crops.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.