A Noble Gesture Toward Plant Biology

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, long active in medical research and agriculture, is taking bids on building a laboratory and recruiting staff for a new division of plant biology. By September of this year, the foundation hopes to have a core of 20 of its own researchers, which will expand to 40 in the next four or five years. The division will fund in-house research as well as supporting labs at other institutions. Plant biologist Richard Dixon arrived in the spring to head the division. He left the University of London to go to the foundation’s headquarters in Ardmore, Oklahoma, because “nowhere in the U.K. do you get to hire 40 people to do the research you want with no strings attached except to produce good science.”

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