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MSU Research Team To Look At New Crop For Africa

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A research team led by a Michigan State University scientist will study the potential benefits of introducing a new type of crop to farms in Africa.

The research project on perennial grain announced Monday is directed by MSU AgBioResearch scientist Sieg Snapp, who says the grain can grow for around 11 months. The work is funded by a nearly $1.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Snapp is a professor in the East Lansing school's Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. She's been researching perennial grains in Michigan for years.

Her new work assesses risks and benefits of three perennial grains: sorghum, pigeon pea and wheat.

Stepp says the two-year study is the first step in what she hopes is a longer project.

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