Biotech Updates

US$40 M Research Grant to UC Davis

January 14, 2011

University of California (UC) Davis received $40 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop climate-change-tolerant plants and new bioenergy sources. US Davis scientists will lead research teams from more than 50 universities.

The grant will enable the development of new varieties of wheat and barley as well as sequence the genomes of loblolly pine and two other conifers. "Each of these projects features transdisciplinary, regional, integrated teams, including scientists from institutions that represent underserved populations." Roger Beachy, director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said. "This approach represents a new paradigm in how USDA science can best solve critical issues facing agriculture today."

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