Colorado State University (CSU) Dean Agricultural Sciences Dr. Craig Beyrouty and CSU President Dr. Anthony Frank stand with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack today as he announced a $9.8 million grant to a consortium of academic, industry such as Coolplanet Energy Systems and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy, during a meeting with the staff and news media in the Cryogenic Storage Vault where 45-50 cryogenic tanks hold animal germplasm, plant tissue culture, and seeds are stored at less than -196 Â°C (-321 Â°F) in liquid storage or to -193 C. (-315 Â°F) in vapor storage degrees centigrade (-321 Â°F) visits of the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) in Ft. Collins, CO, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. NCGRP is the largest agricultural genebank facility in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. The NCGRP staff conducts groundbreaking research to develop more efficient and effective means for preserving plant and animal germplasm, and for better understanding the genetic structure of these invaluable materials. The research findings, preservation techniques, and specialized technology developed by the NCGRP have been adopted by genebanks around the world: many international scientists travel to the NCGRP for research and training. The NCGRP staff conducts groundbreaking research to develop more efficient and effective means for preserving plant and animal germplasm, and for better understanding the genetic structure of these invaluable materials. The research findings, preservation techniques, and specialized technology developed by the NCGRP have been adopted by genebanks around the world: many international scientists travel to the NCGRP for research and training. The NCGRP staff includes 34 full-time USDA/ARS employees (7 of whom are Ph. D.âlevel scientists), plus 8 part-time and 16 student employees. The FY13 budget for the center is $4.7 million.The FY13 budget for the center is $4.7 million. For more information, see www.usda.gov. To see the news release visit: www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/11/0... USDA photo by Lance Cheung
May 17, 2014
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