COLUMBIA | University of Missouri 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.
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All of the professors are members of the university's Interdisciplinary Plant Group.