INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State University is receiving more than $1.6 million in federal grants focusing on agriculture production and science, technology, engineering and math education.
The Institute school says the money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will fund seven proposed research projects.
Three of the projects focus on research to improve agriculture production in West Virginia. Other projects deal with the study of hibiscus flowers and the application of genomic technologies for Appalachian mine site reclamation.
The remaining projects are teaching grants, one of which will expose college students to global genomic impacts in agriculture. The other will use biotechnology and crop diversity-oriented courses to recruit high school students into science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.