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.

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