NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Swedish research team has secured a SEK75 million ($10.5 million) grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to sequence and characterize the Norway spruce genome.

The team — which includes researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Umeå University's Umeå Plant Science Center, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Karolinska Institute — hopes the spruce genome project will lead to a clearer understanding of conifer genes and their function.

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