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Agencies Fund Biofuels Genomics Research

Agriculture Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, Gale Buchanan, and Energy Department (DOE) Under Secretary for Science, Raymond Orbach, announced on July 31, 2008, that the Departments of Agriculture and Energy jointly selected 10 projects for awards totaling more than $10 million for biobased fuels research. This research will accelerate the development of alternative fuel resources.

These awards continue a commitment begun in 2006 to conduct fundamental research in biomass genomics that will provide the scientific foundation to facilitate and accelerate the use of woody plant tissue for bioenergy and biofuels. The awards are part of a greater research portfolio that will help meet President Bush's goal to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent in 10 years.   

The awards are made through USDA's NIFA National Research Initiative and the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in DOE's Office of Science. In this third year of the program, new research projects on grasses, rice, sunflower, poplar, and computational or genomic tools join the portfolio. Visit the USDA Newsroom to read the full release and an awardees listing. 


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