ASTA Receives $3M Federal Grant to Reduce Crop Stress

by Mark Carter  on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 2:31 pm  

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has been awarded a $3 million federal grant through its ASSET Initiative to research stress factors on plants.

The grant from the National Science Foundation is part of a $6 million, multi-state award with Missouri.

According to a ASTA news release, the funds will be spread out over three years and used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber and fuel crops "to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population."

ASTA says the project could directly benefit the agriculture-based economies of Arkansas and Missouri by generating new tools to reduce crop losses due to stresses such as drought, salinity, insects and disease.  

Gail McClure of ASTA will serve as principal investigator on the project with researchers Fiona Goggin of the University of Arkansas and Argelia Lorence of Arkansas State University assisting.

The Arkansas ASSET Initiative is part of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program and includes entrepreneurial training, support for commercialization of new technologies, and an educational outreach program focused on science, technology, engineering and math.



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