NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The European Commission has provided €9 million ($11.9 million) to fund a multinational project that will use DNA sequencing to identify traits in certain plants that enable them to better withstand drought.

The EC said today that the University of Southampton in the UK will lead the project, which will look at the genomes of three crops that people do not use for food, including poplar, miscanthus, and giant reed.

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