LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASTA) – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority's ASSET Initiative a $3 million dollar grant to research stress factors on plants. The money is part of a $6 million dollar multi-state award with Missouri.

The funds will be spread out over 3 years and will be 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.

This project will 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. The project will draw on the research expertise of researchers from Arkansas State University (ASU) and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UA). Dr. Gail McClure (ASTA) serves as Principal Investigator along with Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Argelia Lorence (ASU) and Dr. Fiona Goggin (UA).

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