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NC State wins grant for crop biosecurity

A plant pathologist and an entomologist at North Carolina State University and collaborators in other states have received a $450,000 grant to develop a training program to help protect U.S. field crops from bioterrorism. Dr. Gerald Holmes, associate professor of plant pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Dr. Ron Stinner, professor of entomology and biomathematics, are lead project directors of an effort to develop a national training program for “first detectors,” or those at the forefront of working with U.S. food crops. The project received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Research Initiative homeland security program. Other project directors are faculty at Kansas State University and the University of Florida. Full Story

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