NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - A new US Department of Agriculture program will award $28.4 million worth of grants this year aimed at improving specialty food crops via genomics and other biotechnology research programs, USDA said Friday.
 
The program, called the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, will fund genetics and genomics research for plant breeding, among other goals, with the aim of combating pests and disease threats, improving production, and monitoring potential food hazards in specialty crops.
 

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