USDA Awards More Than $15 Million to Support Plant Production Research

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced more than $15 million in grants that will provide fundamental research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Plant Health and Production and Plant Products (PHPPP) program areas, focusing on plant production. This program is administered through USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
  
Grants were awarded through the AFRI Foundational program area which supports basic and applied research in the following areas: plant breeding for agricultural production; plant growth and development, composition, and stress tolerance; and photosynthesis and nutrient use in agricultural plants. From 2009-2015, PHPPP has awarded more than $89 million to further progress and solve challenges in plant production through research, education, and extension.

Fiscal year 2015 grants include:
 
Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production
  • University of California, Davis, Calif., $350,000
  • University of California, Davis, Calif., $350,000
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, $150,000
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $370,000
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $301,463
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $20,000 (conference)
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $370,000
  • American Chestnut Foundation, Inc., Asheville, N.C., $150,000
  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., $286,876
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., $422,000
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., $150,000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., $495,000
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $35,500 (conference)
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $48,658 (conference)
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $422,000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., $25,000 (conference)
More information about Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production projects can be found in NIFA’s reporting database.
 
Plant Growth and Development, Composition, and Stress Tolerance
  • University of California, Davis, Calif. $500,000
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $408,000
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, $455,000
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 425,220
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Md., $455,000
  • Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, Rockville, Md., $20,000 (conference)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., $408,000
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., $10,000 (conference)
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., $455,000
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Neb., $408,000
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Neb., $455,000
  • University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, N.C., $400,000
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., $408,000
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., $500,000
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Ithaca, N.Y., $500,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $500,000
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio $403,478
  • Gordon Research Conferences, West Kingston, R.I., $23,000 (conference)
  • Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., $149,000
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., $441,000
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Madison, Wis., $403,000
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., $500,000
More information about Plant Growth and Development, Composition, and Stress Tolerance projects can be found in NIFA’s reporting database.
 
Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., $460,482
  • Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca, N.Y., $459,950
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $456,318
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., $460,000
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Del., $449,682
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Mo., $450,490
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn., $148,684
More information about Photosynthesis and Nutrient Use in Agricultural Plants projects can be found in NIFA’s reporting database.

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