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NYU to Use NSF Grant for Rice Genomics Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – New York University has won a $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate gene expression and gene networks in rice in order to understand how the crop reacts to changes in its environment.

The four-year grant from NSF's Plant Genome Research Program will fund lab-based experiments and the development of computer algorithms for studying changing conditions such as water and temperature variability.

The investigators at NYU's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology will collaborate with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines to study gene expression in rice in a variety of terrains, comparing crops grown on hillsides to those harvested in paddy fields.

The hope is that by studying how rice adapts to environmental changes and how it functions in stable climates, the research may enable development of rice strains that can thrive in a range of circumstances.