Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

5 Kansas Universities to Work Together on Project

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

5 Kansas Universities to Work Together on Project

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Five universities in Kansas will cooperate on a $20 million research project examining the influence of microorganisms in water, soil and plants on environmental and economic change, officials said Tuesday.

The National Science Foundation's funding to the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University and Haskell Indian Nations University targets the role microbiomes play in agricultural sustainability, water quality, plant productivity, soil fertility and greenhouse gases.

"This project will pull scientists together from different disciplines and different universities to work together on an important research area," said Kristin Bowman-James, a KU chemistry professor and principal investigator on the project. "Microorganisms play an important role in a wide variety of areas that affect our lives . …

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