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New Awards for Plant Genome Program (Image 1)

July 27, 2010
Rice has a "no frills" genome and a short life-cycle that makes genetic studies feasible. It is a model organism for cereals.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) made 24 new awards totaling $72.5 million in the ninth year of its Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP). The two- to five-year awards--ranging from $600,000 to $6.6 million--support research and tools to further knowledge about the genomes of economically important crop plants such as potatoes, poplar and corn, and will also reveal how networks of genes control basic plant processes.

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