NEW YORK, Apr. 18, 2002 - Researchers at Oklahoma's Noble Foundation have been awarded two National Science Foundation grants for genomic research into the model plant Medicago truncatula, the Institute said yesterday. 

One of the grants, for $442,000, is to advance functional-genomic study of the symbiotic relationships between fungi and plant roots. The chief researcher, Maria Harrison, will probe gene expression during symbiotic development and its connection to phosphate uptake in M. truncatula. Harrison is working with researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of California at Davis.

The NSF also awarded a $3.5 million grant to the Noble Foundation and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute for a joint project in M. truncatula bioinformatics and functional genomics. The study will include gene expression changes resulting form microbial molecules, UV light, and plant hormones.

Based in Ardmore, OK, the Noble Foundation is a nonprofit research institute that focuses on agricultural and plant biology research.

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Published by Public Relations, April 17, 2002