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DSU gets federal grants for food science research

Delaware Public Media

Delaware State University is getting nearly a million dollars for food science research as part of a large round of USDA grants for historically black land-grant schools.

The $18 million dollars total is split between 53 grants for research, teaching and cooperative extensions at HBCUs nationwide.

Del State's grants will include $500,000 for a molecular genetics team to study rust resistance in beans.

The school is also getting about $250,000 to work on nutrition education initiatives to combat obesity in low-income families. The food sciences program and cooperative extension will work together on the project, focusing on serving sizes and nutrition facts on food packaging.

DSU is also receiving about $150,000 to buy a mass spectrometer, for use in teaching food science students about nanotechnology.


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