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Grants for Agricultural Research_Competitive Research Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Program accomplishments...

Significant accomplishments include: (1) Genomics - Support for international efforts to complete a draft sequence of the rice and bovine genomes. The rice sequence will serve as a model system that is now greatly accelerating the understanding of all cereals. (2) Biofuels - research has resulted in the development of more efficient bioprocessing of agricultural wastes into ethanol, making the process much more economically viable. (3) Pests and Diseases - Fundamental research has led to the development of a preventative treatment for screw worm, a devastating pest of livestock. It is estimated that this development will save US agriculture over $1 billion annually by preventing losses in production and overcoming international trade barriers related to this pest. (For more information see the program web site www.reeusda.gov/nri )