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FY 2011 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants

University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., $499,909 – This project will research the risks associated with insect-resistance pyramided Bt cotton.

University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., $306,023 – This project will study pollen flow in perennial grasses intended for biofuel use, such as switchgrass and miscanthus.

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., $ 500,000 – This project will develop a framework for assessing the risks of RNAi crops to arthropods.

University of Maryland, College Park, Md., $374,303 – This project will assess the impact of genetically modified fungi on all functionally known geochemical, ecological and environmental processes in the soil.

AquaBounty Technologies, Waltham, Mass., $494,162 – This project would research technologies that would render fish sterile to decrease the risk of gene flow from transgene fish.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $499,819 – This project will investigate the potential risks of releasing the transgenic New World screwworm fly Cochliomyia hominivorax in the United States, Mexico and South America.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Prosser, Wash., $992,760 – This project intends to assess the role of feral alfalfa in transgene transmission; the impact of pollinators on pollen-mitigated gene flow; and the flow of transgenes from genetically engineered RRA hay fields to conventional alfalfa seed production fields in different environments.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Gainesville, Fla., $381,374 – This project will improve the development and ecological safety of genetically engineered insects created for improved biologically-based control programs.