NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Departments of Energy and Agriculture have jointly awarded $8 million in new grants to fund seven genomics-based projects aiming to develop domestic renewable energy sources and biofuels, USDA and DOE said yesterday.

The funding through the DOE-USDA Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy program primarily supports studies focused on using genomics to increase the yield, quality, and adaptability of varieties of trees and grasses.

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A draft bill released by the US House of Representatives appropriations committee would increase the 2019 National Institutes of Health budget by 3 percent.

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