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Crop Biotech Update

USDA Funds Research to Improve Plant Production and Health

November 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced nearly $9 million in grants for research into issues affecting plant breeding and production, leading to improvements in plants that are critical to the sustainability and competitiveness of American agriculture. The awards were made under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program priority area of plant breeding for agricultural production. The funded projects include cultivar development, prebreeding and germplasm enhancement, related species introgression and novel approaches to phenotyping, among other areas.

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