Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Our Biology Department recently received a $3.6 Million Grant—and here’s what they're doing with it!

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Rice—it’s a food staple for over half of the world’s population, but how is it being affected by global climate change? The Arts and Science Biology Department was recently given a $3.6 million dollar grant by the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Project to find an answer. With the grant, researchers will use an approach that combines Genomics and Systems Biology to determine how rice reacts to current environmental changes.

Since rice plays such a vital role in the diets of so many across the globe, the plant’s ability to adapt to changes in the environment is critical. Through this four-year study, FAS researchers hope to provide data necessary for developing crops that will thrive in the midst of our world’s changing climate.

Click here to read about the study in more detail.

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