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NMSU Research Rally to celebrate NSF grant to study tropical trees for sustainable agriculture

WHAT: Research Rally to celebrate recipient of $861,269 grant from National Science Foundation

WHO: Donovan Bailey, associate professor of biology

WHEN: Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: O'Donnell Hall, Room 104

VISUALS: Poster board presentation

New Mexico State University is hosting a Research Rally Feb. 15 to honor an associate professor who recently received an $861,269 grant from the National Science Foundation to study tropical trees.

Through his project, "Transcriptome Sequencing of the New World Miracle Trees (Leucaena, Luguminosae): Applications for Plant Breeding and Evolutionary Biology," Donovan Bailey and his team will study genome characteristics of a genus Leucaena of tropical, nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs which provide protein rich leaves for use in animal feed, green manure used as nitrogen-rich fertilizer, and rapidly renewable woody biomass for construction, fuel wood and biofuels.

Through this work, Bailey's team hopes to develop new breeding tools for tropical woody species, which are critical for future widespread use as contributors to sustainable agriculture in poor tropical regions of the world.

NMSU students, faculty and staff as well as the public and media are invited to attend. The lead researcher will discuss his project and will also be available for questions.