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NSF Bolsters Plant Crop Gene Research
25 September 1998 7:30 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Sowing excitement in the plant science community, the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced that it will award $85 million for studies over the next 5 years aiming to unlock the genetic secrets of corn and other crops.
Almost half the money ($36 million) will be spent on corn. The grants range in size from a 2-year, $301,000 award (won by Z. Renee Sung at the University of California, Berkeley) to a hefty 5-year grant for $12.5 million (to a team led by Stanford University's Virginia Walbot). Other grants will fund work on tomatoes, soybeans, a mustard called Arabidopsis, and cotton, as well as research on the role of stress in gene expression. "We ended up with a nice broad-spectrum of projects," says NSF's Machi Dilworth. For a list of grants, see the table below.
NSF had received proposals from more than 60 institutions as part of a plant genome initiative, added to its 1998 budget by Senator Christopher Bond (R-MO) to expand NSF-funded plant genome research to include crop plants. Until then, NSF had focused primarily on sequencing Arabidopsis, a lab workhorse. A quarter of Bond's initiative boosted the efforts on Arabidopsis. For example, a $12.6 million grant went to Stanford for sequencing this mustard's genome (announced last week); the rest of the Arabidopsis grants will be announced by 1 October.
|Principal Investigator||Institution||Title||Total award (millions $)||Duration (years)|
|Hans Bohnert||University of Arizona||Genomics of plant stress tolerance||8.271||4|
|Renee Sung||University of California (UC), Berkeley||Repackaging the corn genome for molecular mapping||.301||2|
|Hugo Dooner||Rutgers University||Using a maize transposon as a gene-searching engine||1.334||3|
|W. Zacheus Cande||UC Berkeley||An integrated maize map||.763||4|
|Craig Venter||The Institute of Genomic Research||The generation of a tomato EST database||3.247||3|
|Lila Vodkin||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||A functional genomics program for soybean||4.460||4|
|Steven Tanksley||Cornell University||Tomato functional genomics||4.648||3|
|Deborah Delmer||UC Davis||Comparative functional genomics in plants||.820||3|
|Nina Fedoroff||Penn State University||New techniques to study stress-induced gene expression||1.802||3|
|Thea Wilkins||UC Davis||Structure and function of the cotton genome||3.800||3|
|John Doebley||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||Evolutionary genomics of maize||5.847||5|
|David Lightfoot||Southern Illinois University||Integrative physical mapping of the soybean genome||1.304||3|
|Eric Lam||Rutgers University||Organization and dynamics of plant nuclear DNA||.676||2|
|Pamela Green||Michigan State Univ.||Gene expression of Arabidopsis||8.700||3|
|Daphne Preuss||University of Chicago||Plant Centromere Function||2.274||5|
|Robert Martienssen||Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory||Center for comparitive genomics in model and crop plants||1.842||3|
|Lee Pratt||University of Georgia||Cross-linked sorghum and rice maps for analyzing grass genomes||3.247||3|
|Ronald Phillips||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||A radiation hybrid and cloningsystem for the corn genome||1.831||3|
|Edward Coe||University of Missouri, Columbia||Database resources for maize maps||11.075||4|
|Virginia Walbot||Stanford University||Maize gene discovery, sequencing and phenotypic analysis||12.548||5|
|Douglas Cook||Texas A&M University||Legume genomics||3.441||3|
|Rod Wing||Clemson University||A BAC library resource for crop genomics||.617||5|
|Bertrand Lemieux||University of Delaware||Genomic analysis of seed quality traits in corn||2.198||3|