NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of Western Australia said yesterday it has officially launched a new research center at its campus in Perth that will pursue molecular, genomic, and cellular research aimed at understanding and improving plant energy use.

Funded with AU$26 million (US$24.3 million) from the Australian Research Council and AU$14 million from industry and academic partners, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) will seek to improve sustainable plant yield by optimizing the efficiency of energy capture, conversion, and use in plants.

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