Nico Franz, a professor and principal investigator for the NEON Biorepository, said the project required additional cryogenic collections space. The new space will store ecological samples, including water, dirt, and plant or animal cells.
The biorepository houses thousands of biological samples with the support of a 30-year grant from the National Science Foundation given to the University in 2018. The grant is projected to provide $35 million over the 30 year funding period after beginning with $4.1 million at the start of the project.
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