MANHATTAN, Kan. — The National Science Foundation has awarded Konza Prairie Biological Station and the Division of Biology nearly $225,000 to upgrade facilities for long-term bison research.

The Manhattan Mercury reports the money will be used to replace some Konza Prairie corrals, build more pens, provide researchers easier access and add more remote scales to document the body weight of about 280 bison.

Konza Prairie director John Briggs says the bison experiment studies how bison grazing affects the tallgrass prairie and measures bison performance, such as seasonal weight gains, in response to grassland conditions.

The research began in 1987. The facilities were last improved in 1997.

Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury,