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DOE Funds Metabolic Process Imaging Projects

Jeff Brody

The Department of Energy will award $13.5 million in grants to six projects that aim to create new methods for microscopic imaging of microbes and plants. DOE said Friday that it seeks to develop a visual understanding of metabolic processes at subcellular and cellular levels through the use of new technologies including quantum dots.

The agency selected the projects through a competitive peer review process sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Paul Dabbar, undersecretary at DOE, said the new approaches will help further reengineering efforts for plants and microbes for bioenergy production.

DOE will obligate $4.5M for the three-year projects from fiscal year 2019 funds.

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