University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers receive $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics

August 29, 2019 |

In Nebraska, researchers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln recently earned a $2.7 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a rapid, efficient method for characterizing the functions of genes in sorghum.

The Nebraska scientists are leading a team of institutions from across the Corn Belt – including Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – in this effort.

Their approach, an innovative merger of machine learning and plant genetics, will pave the way for sorghum strains designed to thrive in specific environments. The method could also extend to other crops like corn and soybeans, the vast majority of whose genes are unstudied.

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