2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, European Biological Control Laboratory, hereinafter referred to as EBCL; and the Joint Genomic Center, Sofia University - St. Kliment Ohridski", hereinafter referred to as "JGC" and 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 understandings 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 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 conformance 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 with Joint Genomic Center (Sophia University, Bulgaria) was established to facilitate exchange of ideas and cooperation in agricultural genomics. A primary objective of this MOU was the organization of a joint ARS-JGC workshop on this subject to be held in Sophia. However, for budgetary reasons, there was no activity during FY2012 attributable to the MOU. Reference to this MOU can be found in the report for the parent project 0212-22000-24-00D, DISCOVERY, BIOLOGY, AND ECOLOGY OF NATURAL ENEMIES OF INSECT PESTS OF CROP AND URBAN AND NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS. .