A Bonanza for Plant Genomics

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Science  23 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5389, pp. 652-654
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5389.652

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A new $40 million initiative by the National Science Foundation could provide the biggest ever pot of government money for plant genomics. Already, Congress has approved another $50 million for this program in 1999, and there's talk of increasing funding for plant genomics to $85 million in the year 2000. Plant scientists are thrilled by this new largess: Until now, U.S. government support for crop plant genomics has been sparse; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, has provided only a few million dollars a year for such work.