Biotech Updates

USDA and DOE Release Grants to Breed Better Bioenergy Plants

September 3, 2010

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the research grants of the joint USDA-DOE program aimed to hasten the genetic breeding programs of plants suited for bioenergy production. The $8.9 million investment is under Obama Administration's initiative to accelerate the development of novel energy technologies that will eventually reduce the nation's imports of oil. This will be possible by combining DOE's capacity in genome-scale technologies and USDA's expertise in crop improvement.

"Developing a domestic source of renewable energy will create jobs and wealth in rural America, combat global warming, replace our dependence on foreign oil, and build a stronger foundation for the 21st century economy," Secretary Vilsack said. "This scientific investment will lay the foundation for a source of fuel made from renewable sources."

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