Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NSF [National Science Foundation] Gives $100M for Plant Genomics Research | GenomeWeb

NSF Gives $100M for Plant Genomics Research

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Science Foundation has awarded $101.9 million for a range of research projects that dive into the genomes of plants to make discoveries that could be valuable for developing more sustainable and disease-resistant crops.

The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) grants this year has supported 28 new awards that will fund research at 42 institutions and collaborations with researchers abroad, NSF said this week.

Ranging between $630,000 and $9.6 million, the PGRP grants give funding for between two and five years to support researchers who will use sequencing and functional genomics to understand interactions between genes and the environment in useful crop plants such as rice, cotton, soybean, corn, tomato, and wheat.

"These projects will provide new insights into how changes in plant genomes translate into changes in growth and development in a range of environments," NSF Acting Director for Biological Sciences Joan Roskoki said in a statement. "Basic research leads to new discoveries that will improve the quality and yield of crop plants, and in the longer term, to innovations that will support the bio-based economy of the 21st Century.

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