NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech will use a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead an effort to create a drought gene interaction network for rice and maize.

The goal of the three-year systems biology effort is to identify key regulatory genes and signaling pathways that may be used to improve drought resistance.

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