EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State University says researchers will to use a $4.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help unlock plants' biochemistry secrets.
The East Lansing school says Thursday that researcher Robert Last will lead a team of plant scientists to uncover how plants evolve to make compounds necessary for their survival. They'll use cultivated and wild tomato species from the Andes Mountains in their research.
Last is the MSU Barnett Rosenberg Chair of Biochemistry. He and others will work to determine the specific genes that control chemical evolution and plant metabolism.
The grant also will fund a summer outreach program.
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