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USDA Awards $5M to Wheat Genome Consortium

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Agriculture has awarded $5 million grant to a University of California, Davis-led consortium of wheat breeders and scientists, the University said yesterday.


The research focuses on genetic marker-assisted selection technologies to produce disease-resistant wheat, according to a statement.


The program includes breeders and researchers at universities in seventeen states and at four USDA laboratories. It is led by Jorge Dubcovsky at UC Davis.

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