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Patrick Schnable, Plant Genomics, (515) 294-0975
Hal Stern, Bioinformatics, (515) 294-5582
Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778


AMES, Iowa -- Two research centers in Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute and two European universities recently signed agreements that will facilitate ongoing research and educational programs.

The Center for Plant Genomics established a partnership with the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. The Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics formed a partnership with the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

The partnerships will enable exchanges of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty. The new partners also will work together on research, grant applications, development of intellectual property and technology transfer.

Iowa State's bioinformatics and computational biology program has similar agreements with The Swiss Institute in Bioinformatics, Lausanne; The University of Bielefeld, Berlin; and Fudan University, Shanghai.

The Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University, which consists of nine research centers, is supported through public and private funding. Its goal is to become one of the world's leading institutes for plant science research, education and unbiased research-based information. Researchers are developing ways to help feed the growing world population, strengthen human health and nutrition, improve crop quality and yield, foster environmental sustainability and expand the uses of plants for biobased products and bioenergy.


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