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Plant Biologists Score Two New Major Facilities

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Science  17 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5375, pp. 317-318
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5375.317a

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In an indication of the emerging importance of plant science in the United States, a public-private consortium plans later this month to announce the creation of a $146 million center in St. Louis devoted to basic plant science and sustainable agriculture. With a $15 million annual budget and a staff that will include more than 80 scientists, the new not-for-profit center, to open in 2000, would be rivaled in size nationwide only by the Boyce Thompson Plant Research Institute in Ithaca, New York. And later this summer Novartis AG is expected to announce a $250 million plant genomics institute to be built outside San Diego.