2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, hereinafter referred to as ARS, and the American Farm School, hereinafter referred to as AFS, and the hereinafter jointly referred to as “the Participants,” hereby affirm their mutual interest in, and desire to broaden, cooperative research programs and exchanges.
The Participants recognize that cooperation is a matter of working together toward common goals of mutual interest, mutual understanding and efficient administration of cooperative programs. Nothing in this broad understanding is to be construed as interfering in any way with the basic responsibilities and authority of either Participant for independent action.
The purpose of this MOU is to strengthen the collaborations between the Participants in areas of mutual interest, which may include crop and animal production and protection, agricultural utilization and bioenergy, and sustainable agriculture, through cooperative research programs and exchanges. To this end, the Participants intend jointly to explore and coordinate research activities of mutual interest which should be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Participants.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines in general terms the basis on which the Participants intend to cooperate. Individual projects may be developed between the Participants that outline specific research projects.
Jointly explore and coordinate research activities of mutual interest which should be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Participants.
3. Progress report:
This MOU was established with the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece, to provide the scientist at our Greek substation with laboratory and office space, facilitating foreign exploration and field work on both insect and weed targets in Greece, the Balkans and the neighboring region. Ongoing research conducted at the facility includes surveys for natural enemies of the weeds silverleaf nightshade, salsola, and Canada thistle, and the insect pests vine mealybug, European grapevine moth, diamondback moth, and olive fruit fly. During FY2012, new EBCL project activity was initiated at AFS for research on sandflies, mosquitoes and mosquito management in northern Greece under the direction of a postdoctoral scientist working with EBCL. The new research falls under NP 104 – Veterinary, Medical and Urban Entomology. Additional information regarding this MOU can be found in the reports for the parent project 0212-22000-25-00D, DISCOVERY AND EVALUATION OF CLASSICAL BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS FOR INVASIVE EURASIAN WEEDS AFFECTING AGRICULTURAL AND NATURAL AREAS, and the affiliated project 0212-22000-24-00D, DISCOVERY, BIOLOGY, AND ECOLOGY OF NATURAL ENEMIES OF INSECT PESTS OF CROP AND URBAN AND NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS.