NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Agriculture has pumped nearly $9 million into a score of new research grants to fund efforts to use genomics, genetics, and other approaches to enhance crop plants.

Funded by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the grants to multiple universities across the US will support efforts to improve plant breeding through cultivar development, prebreeding and germplasm enhancement, related-species introgression, and novel phenotypng techniques.

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