The U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council awarded grants totaling $25.5 million to 11 international research projects that aim to enhance staple crops using genomic technologies. The projects will seek to identify genes and markers that could be used to improve drought resistance, disease and pest tolerance, environmental adaptation, and yields by examining the genomes of beans, wheat, rice and other crops essential in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The grant program is funded by BBSRC, the U.K. Department for International Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and India's Ministry of Science.

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