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NCSU, University of Georgia Receive Genomics Bioenergy Fuels Research Funding

Posted August 10, 2006

— North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia will receive funding from the federal government for research into bioenergy fuels based on genomics.

NCSU will receive $700,000 and Georgia $445,000 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy program. The awards were announced Wednesday.

The grants are part of a $5.7 million program for development of alternative fuel resources.

The program will focus on development of woody plant tissue such as poplar, alfalfa, sorghum, wheat and other grasses as potential sources for bioenergy or biofuels. Awards were made on a competitive basis.

Also receiving grants were: Purdue University, $1.4 million; The Noble Foundation, OK, $800,000; Texas A&M University, $800,000; USDA-Agricultural Research Service, University of Wisconsin, $333,000;Carnegie Institute of Washington, $359,100; Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, $300,000; and Kansas State University, $700,000.

For details about the program, see:

www.csrees.usda.gov

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