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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Ronald Fayer


Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Lab
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Building 173 BARC-East, room 100
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone 301.504.8750, Fax 301.504.6608

Ronald Fayer leads a project to determine the sources of cryptosporidium in surface waters and develop techniques for accurate detection of these organisms that infect humans, livestock, and wild animals. Photo by Keith Weller.

Research Area

To develop and test novel methods to identify and characterize the parasites Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Microsporidia, and Blastocystis. Determine the presence of these organisms in livestock, associated domesticated and wild animal, as well as in edible foods, soil and water impacted by agriculture. Develop methods to reduce the number and virulence of these organisms in domesticated animals, food, and the environment.

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USDA-ARS Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD 20705
Building 173 BARC-East, Phone 301.504.5607

Last Modified: 3/29/2013