Delaware State University’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences recently received almost $900,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding in support of projects in the areas of research, teaching and cooperative extensions.

Delaware State University’s College of Agriculture and Related Sciences recently received almost $900,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding in support of projects in the areas of research, teaching and cooperative extensions.

The grant will go toward the following projects: $499,982 for “The Development of Epigenomic Tools in Legumes: Global Understanding of Biotic Stress Methylomes and Transcriptomes in Common Beans,” with Dr. Venugopal Kalavacharla as grant principal investigator; $149,838 teaching grant for “Nanomaterial Detection in Food, Water and Environmental Waste by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry,” with Dr. Daniela Radu as principal investigator; and a $249,993 extension grant for a “Collaborative Initiative to Assess and Develop Intervention Programs to Combat Obesity among Low-income Families,” with Samuel Besong, chair of the Department of Human Ecology, as principal investigator.

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded more than $18 million through 53 competitive grants to 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.

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