NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Department of Agriculture will award $25 million to fund genetics and genomics research projects that seek to improve citrus plants and to address the insect-borne crop disease huanglongbing (HLB), commonly called citrus greening disease.

The $25 million will support the Citrus Disease Research and Education Program (CDRE), and was provided to USDA under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill), USDA said late last week.

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A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

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