Clemson University plant scientists are part of the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture grant awarded to improve fruit crops.

Federal officials and stakeholders provided $14.4 million for RosBREED, a project designed to revolutionize the translation of DNA-based information into practical applications for crops.

It will focus on the botanical family Rosaceae, or rose family, which also includes apples, pears, almonds, stone fruit, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries as well as roses.

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