Funded with a $5.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a team of researchers led by the University of Delaware is planning to use Illumina’s next-generation sequencing technology to study the epigenetics of rice.
 
“We are hoping to develop a resource for understanding epigenetics in the cereal crops, which include plants like corn, wheat, and rice,” said Blake Meyers, an associate professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware and the principal investigator on the project.

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