SAN DIEGO, Calif.--The Novartis Research Foundation, funded by the Swiss pharmaceutical and agribusiness company, announced plans late last month to invest $600 million during the next 10 years to fund what is expected to be the world's largest agricultural genomics research initiative. The Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute (NADI) will be built here, not far from a $250 million pharmaceutical genomics research facility currently under construction by Novartis in La Jolla, Calif.

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