2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The intent of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to strengthen the cooperation between the Participants and focus the mutal interest in the broad areas of science and technology, including: animal science, plant science, soil science, agriculture, natural resources management, nutrition, aquaculture and other additional fields as may be mutally decided upon by the Participants.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
This MOU is intended to serve as a framework for discussion and coordination in matters related to agriculture and naturalresource management, and to facilitate collaborative activities between the Participants in matters of science andtechnology. All collaborative activities are subject to the mutual agreement of the Participants and may be described in, and subject to, individual plans of work delineating arrangements between participants that are specific for each activity. In general, cooperation may be effected through exchange of materials and information; exchange of scientists, specialists, and trainees; development of projects of mutual interest between ARS scientists and ARC scientists; organization of symposia and workshops; and joint publication of studies and reports. The Participants may assign such members of theirstaff as may be required to meet its responsibilities, as well as aid in planning and jointly developing projects of mutual interest. Participants may jointly explore and coordinate research, exchanges, traiing, and development activities of mutual interest,which would be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Participants.
This report serves to document activities conducted under a Memorandum of Understanding between ARS and the Agricultural Research Council of the Republic of South Africa. This agreement was executed in December 2007 by ARS and in March 2008 by the ARC and was premised on several years of fruitful cooperative research between the two institutions. In FY 2009, in addition to the two active ARS-ARC formal projects on biological control of weeds (5354-21220-016-05S and 5325-22000-020-10S), a new Specific Cooperative Agreement was initiated (0210-22310-004-02S) between to engage the Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute to cooperate with ARS-ABADRL and the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) to develop a young animal challenge model as part of an overall initiative to control Rift Valley Fever. Activities conducted in support of these efforts are documented under those project descriptions and annual reports.