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WVSU awarded $900,000 for research

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Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia State University is set to receive nearly $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund two research projects that address food security, according to a news release from the school.

The projects will use genetic techniques to improve the quality and health benefits of fruits and vegetables, and will give 16 undergraduate and graduate students hands-on learning experience.

“To receive this level of funding speaks volumes about the talented research and teaching faculty at State,” said Orlando McMeans, West Virginia State’s vice president for research and public service, in the release. “These projects directly address the food security needs identified by the USDA, with direct impact on both farmers and consumers here in West Virginia.”

The money will fund two research projects. The first, with almost $600,000 of the total funding, will attempt to maximize the nutritional value and health benefits of peppers and watermelons.

The second, which will use the remaining funds, will focus on plant DNA sequencing to try to breed higher-quality pepper crops.

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