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ASPB members lead new plant genome research program awards
Date:11/5/2010

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Members of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) are helping advance our understanding of plants and their genes, efforts that in addition to furthering our fundamental knowledge of plant biology, will improve our ability to enhance agricultural productivity, grow nutritious foods, and diminish the effects of devastating plant parasites. ASPB members are leading the majority of the 28 new research awards recently announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP). In fact, two former ASPB presidents are playing leadership roles in the newly funded projects.

The projects supported under the PGRP awards use the techniques of modern genomicssequencing and analyzing genetic materialto advance our understanding of how plant genes function and govern plants' interactions with the environment in economically important crop species including barley, corn, cotton, rice, soybean, tomato, and wheat. Each project will also incorporate outreach and educational activities, engaging K󈝸, community college, and undergraduate students and teachersas well as the publicin plant-related activities. (A complete list of funded projects and their principal investigators is attached.)

The PGRP, which was established in 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative, is coordinated by an Interagency Working Group on Plant Genomes of the National Science and Technology Council. A total of $101.9 million was awarded under this new announcement.

NSF has also recently released the 2011 PGRP solicitation with a target date for proposals of January 28, 2011. Additional information about the program is available at the http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5338&org=BIO.

ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, devoted to the advancement of
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Contact: Adam Fagen
afagen@aspb.org
301-296-0898
American Society of Plant Biologists
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