- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The Army Research Office has awarded biologists at Indiana University more than $6.2 million in grants to study how bacteria evolve.

IU says the team of scientists will try to advance the understanding of the mechanisms by which bacterial populations evolve in response to selective changes like population, food availability and relationships with other species.

The Army will provide the funding over the next five years. The work is expected to have practical applications related to human health issues, energy and food production, agricultural pests and things like prosthetic device damage, pipe corrosion and ship hull damage.

The award comes four years after the researchers received a $6.5 million grant to study the mutations in dozens of bacterial species.

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