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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Selection of Superior Biological Control Agents with Genetic and Cultural Criteria

Location: U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center

Project Number: 5347-42000-020-01
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 26, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
Determine selection criteria for next generation atoxigenic biological control agents through development of laboratory and population based assays and criteria. Delineate both association of specific fungal groups with target crops and genetic characteristics of value in monitoring fungi of interest and in selecting elite biocontrol fungi.

Approach:
Apply genetic methods to identify unique biological control agents and to associate specific fungal genetic groups with target crops and regions. Develop pyrosequencing assays to monitor specific fungi in the environment and during host infection. Utilize genomic approaches to identify traits of potential value in selecting next generation biological control agents for aflatoxin mitigation. Use crop based assays to rank relative desirability of atoxigenic strains for use in target agroecosystems.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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