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Going green: New program provides vital support for plant scientists
Date:9/29/2010

blishment of this new joint program will underscore the importance of enhanced support for plant sciences research and can be leveraged to increase interest in this field by others.

"Plants play a critical role in sustaining the health of the planet," said Vicki L. Chandler, Chief Program Officer for Science at GBMF. "We believe that generating fundamental new knowledge about how plants function and relate to Earth's ecology, biodiversity, and climateand to human health and well-beingwill 'move the needle' in the plant sciences and will cross disciplinary lines, impacting other fields as well."

HHMI Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Jack E. Dixon pointed out that HHMI and GBMF intend for this to be a one-time, targeted competition. "We hope in taking this approach that our interest will signal the need for more investment," Dixon said. "We are optimistic that, over time, we will receive more applications from plant scientists when we conduct general competitions for new HHMI Investigator positions."


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Contact: Jim Keeley
keeleyj@hhmi.org
301-215-8858
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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