- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma State University botany expert has been awarded a four-year grant totaling $3.2 million from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program.

Associate professor of botany Andrew Doust at OSU will be studying genetic regulation of specialized branches in grasses that are known as “tillers.”

The university says tillers play important roles in grain yield and biomass accumulation -but all the genes that contribute to their initiation and growth is largely unknown.

The project also includes researchers at Brigham Young University, West Virginia University and the Plant Gene Expression Center in Berkeley, California.

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