MU professors receive $3 million in grants to study plant genes

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 11:21 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA— MU researchers have received three grants worth $3 million to study how plant genes function in corn, soybeans and canola.

Plant sciences professor Gary Stacey is the main researcher on a four-year, $1.5 million project to use soybean root hairs as a model system to study cellular function in plants.

Associate biochemistry professor Scott Peck is working on a four-year project that will aid in developing canola with greater tolerance to drought. He is receiving roughly $600,000.

James Birchler, a curators' professor of biological sciences, is getting $900,000 to study the functional genomics of chromosome centromeres in maize.

All of the professors are members of the university's Interdisciplinary Plant Group.

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