2012 Annual Report
1)Identification of genes related to plant defense and their application to enhance resistance in soybeans;.
2)Assessment of the beneficial effects of Korean diet on the health risks related to chronic diseases, which Completed feeding study for 27 subjects fed 3 different diets (the Healthy Korean Dietary Pattern, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Dietary Pattern, and the traditional U.S. dietary pattern) for 4 weeks each over a 14 week period; .
3)Development of non-destructive food safety evaluation technology;.
4)Exploration of biosynthetic genes for Fusarium mycotoxins (ARS-Peoria, IL), which successfully developed the method and used it to detect and quantify fusaric acid in cultures of multiple species of Fusarium and to demonstrated that several laboratory-generated mutants of one species can no longer produce fusaric acid;.
5)Soil Nutrient Contents, Hydrology and Remote Sensing - major component of this effort was a series of ground-based scatterometer experiments conducted by RDA in Korea. Data from these studies was used to evaluate a new radar vegetation index for estimating vegetation water content. The results clearly demonstrated the capability of the technique. This was of great benefit to ongoing research for the upcoming Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite that will be launched by the US in 2014, which will have significant impact on global hydrologic and agriculture applications;.
6)Screen of specific genes on mineral nutrient in plants and development of utilizing techniques (ARS-Columbia, MO);.
7)The enhancement of diversification of fruit genetic resources and the development of a long-term storage system for their sustainable use. There were two new projects developed in FY12 which include:.
8)Identification of genes involved in hydroxy fatty acids metabolism in Lesquerella fendleri (ARS-Albany, CA) and.
9)Microbiological study and development of microbial risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes on Cucurbitaceae fruits.