1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The immediate goal is the descriptive and applied use of genomics for each of the insect and mite species that impact U.S. agriculture. This will be accomplished by leveraging federal, state, and industry funds and expertise. This workshop will be the first effort to coordinate insect genome projects across all species of importance to agriculture and medicine.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Provide an open workshop to initiate a worldwide project to provide insect and mite genetic information needed to develop more sustainable pest management practices, and to support populations of pollinators and other beneficials. After opening remarks by one of ARS' National Program Leaders, the first day of the workshop will consist of sessions devoted to Opening Session: “Global Needs for Insect Genomics”, “Sampling for Impact and Diversity”, “Strategies for Successful Community Genome Projects”, and “Current Progress on 100+ Genomes”. The second day will comprise of breakout groups targeting “Funding and Resources", “Taxon and Sampling Decisions", “Sequencing, Assembly and Annotation”, and “Community Building and Training.” Common Session will allow Report-backs and Discussion: Coordination of specific writing plans and a framework for initiating the next 400 projects in 2012.
This agreement was established to help fund the first I5K Community Workshop, held in Kansas City in June, 2012. The funds were disbursed to help with meeting expenses and assistance for student travelers and speaker. The agreement ended May 16, 2013.