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Research Programs and Projects at this Location

ARS research is organized into National Programs. Within each National Program are research projects. Listed below are  the National Programs and research projects currently conducted at this location.

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Food Animal Production (NP #101)
Alternatives to Antibiotics: Developing Novel Strategies to Improve Animal Welfare and Production Efficiency in Swine and Dairy
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of New Technologies and Methods to Enhance the Utilization and Long-Term Storage of Poultry, Swine and Fish Gametes and Embryos (bridging project)
(In-House Appropriated)
Enhancing Genetic Merit of Ruminants Through Improved Genome Assembly, Annotation, and Selection
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Dairy Animals by Increasing Accuracy of Genomic Prediction, Evaluating New Traits, and Redefining Selection Goals
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Feed Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Dairy Cattle through Genomics and Novel Technologies
(In-House Appropriated)
Novel Integrated Nutrition and Health Strategies to Improve Production Efficiencies in Poultry
(In-House Appropriated)
Animal Health (NP #103)
Development of Control and Intervention Strategies for Avian Coccidiosis
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Novel Control Strategies for Diseases Caused by Cellular and Sub-cellular Pathogens
(In-House Appropriated)
Evaluation of Swine Immunity and Development of Novel Immune and Genomic Intervention Strategies to Prevent and/or Treat Respiratory Diseases of Swine
(In-House Appropriated)
Immune, Molecular, and Ecological Approaches for Attenuating GI Nematode Infections of Ruminants
(In-House Appropriated)
Molecular Approaches to Control Intestinal Parasites that Affect the Microbiome in Swine and Small Ruminants
(In-House Appropriated)
Non-antibiotic Strategies to Control Enteric Diseases of Poultry
(In-House Appropriated)
Veterinary, Medical and Urban Entomology (NP #104)
Prevention of Arthropod Bites
(In-House Appropriated)
Food Safety, (animal and plant products) (NP #108)
Antimicrobial Resistance and Ecology of Zoonotic Foodborne Pathogens in Dairy Cattle
(In-House Appropriated)
Characterization and Mitigation of Bacterial Pathogens in the Fresh Produce Production and Processing Continuum
(In-House Appropriated)
Design and Implementation of Monitoring and Modeling Methods to Evaluate Microbial Quality of Surface Water Sources Used for Irrigation
(In-House Appropriated)
Detection and Control of Foodborne Parasites for Food Safety
(In-House Appropriated)
Developing Practices for Nutrient and Byproducts to Mitigate Climate Change, Improve Nutrient Utilization, and Reduce Effects on Environment
(In-House Appropriated)
Environmental and Plant Factors That Influence Trace Element Bioavailability in Food Crops
(In-House Appropriated)
Identification of Plant-Derived Bioactive Compounds for their Potential as Alternatives to Conventional Antimicrobials
(In-House Appropriated)
Sensing Technologies for the Detection and Characterization of Microbial, Chemical, and Biological Contaminants in Foods
(In-House Appropriated)
Zoonotic Parasites Affecting Food Animals, Food Safety, and Public Health
(In-House Appropriated)
Water Availability and Water Management (NP #211)
Development of Improved Technologies and Management Practices to Enhance Soil Biodiversity and Agricultural Resilience to Climate Variability
(In-House Appropriated)
Integrating Remote Sensing, Measurements and Modeling for Multi-Scale Assessment of Water Availability, Use, and Quality in Agroecosystems
(In-House Appropriated)
Soil and Air (NP #212)
Adaptation of Crops to Increased Carbon Dioxide and Warming
(In-House Appropriated)
Defining Agroecological Principles and Developing Sustainable Practices in Mid-Atlantic Cropping Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Developing Practices for Nutrient and Byproducts to Mitigate Climate Change, Improve Nutrient Utilization, and Reduce Effects on Environment
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Improved Technologies and Management Practices to Enhance Soil Biodiversity and Agricultural Resilience to Climate Variability
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Agroecosystem Services by Measuring, Modeling, and Assessing Conservation Practices
(In-House Appropriated)
Pasture, Forage and Rangeland Systems (NP #215)
Enhanced Alfalfa and Forage Productivity Through Molecular Detection and Characterization of Plant Nematodes
(In-House Appropriated)
Regulation of Gene Expression in Alfalfa Development and Stress Tolerance
(In-House Appropriated)
Agricultural System Competitiveness and Sustainability (NP #216)
Defining Agroecological Principles and Developing Sustainable Practices in Mid-Atlantic Cropping Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Development and Application of Mechanistic Process-Driven Crop Models for Assessing Effects and Adapting Agriculture to Climate Changes
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Improved Technologies and Management Practices to Enhance Soil Biodiversity and Agricultural Resilience to Climate Variability
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Agroecosystem Services by Measuring, Modeling, and Assessing Conservation Practices
(In-House Appropriated)
Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics and Genetic Improvement (NP #301)
Biotechnology Strategies for Understanding and Improving Disease Resistance and Nutritional Traits in Soybeans and Beans
(In-House Appropriated)
Characterizing and Detecting Pathogens to Ensure Safe Exchange of Plant Germplasm
(In-House Appropriated)
Characterizing and Evaluating the Genetic Diversity and Horticultural Value of Genetic Resources for Cacao and Other Tropical tree crops Economically important to the United States
(In-House Appropriated)
Combining Phenotype, Genetics, and Genomics to Develop Common Beans with Resistance to Highly Variable Pathogens
(In-House Appropriated)
Defining the Genetic Diversity and Structure of the Soybean Genome and Applications to Gene Discovery in Soybean, Wheat and Common Bean Germplasm
(In-House Appropriated)
Develop, Enhance, and Operate GRIN-Global and Other Genetic Resource Information Systems to Support the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System and Other USDA-ARS Genetic Resource Collections
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium Germplasm, Determining Host Plant-Microbe Symbiotic Interactions, and…the Rhizobium Collection
(In-House Appropriated)
Genetic Improvement of Blueberry and Cranberry Through Breeding and Development/Utilization of Genomic Resources
(In-House Appropriated)
Genetic Improvement of Pepper and Tomato Quality and Disease Resistance through Genetics and Genomics
(In-House Appropriated)
Management of Specimens and Associated Information in the U.S. National Fungus Collections, with Emphasis on Critically Important Plant Pathogenic Fungi
(In-House Appropriated)
Molecular Approaches to Enhance Plant Nutrient Content, Shelf-Life and Stress Tolerance
(In-House Appropriated)
Molecular Technology for Developing Durable Pest and Pathogen Resistance in Sugar Beet
(In-House Appropriated)
Plant Genetic Resource Acquisition, Conservation, International Exchange, and Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Support for the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System
(In-House Appropriated)
Potato Breeding for Resistance to Biotic and Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses in Eastern U.S. Production
(In-House Appropriated)
Regulation of Gene Expression in Alfalfa Development and Stress Tolerance
(In-House Appropriated)
Strawberry Crop Improvement through Genomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(In-House Appropriated)
Plant Diseases (NP #303)
Biologically Based Technologies for Control of Soil-Borne Pathogens of Vegetables and Ornamentals
(In-House Appropriated)
Characterizing and Detecting Pathogens to Ensure Safe Exchange of Plant Germplasm
(In-House Appropriated)
Developing Pathogen- and Plant-Based Genetic Tools for Breeding Disease Resistance in Theobroma cacao
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Novel Control Strategies for Diseases Caused by Cellular and Sub-cellular Pathogens
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Novel Strategies for Disease Management in Solanaceous Crops
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Novel Tools to Manage Fungal Plant Pathogens that Cause Postharvest Decay of Pome Fruit to Reduce Food Waste
(In-House Appropriated)
Enhancing Plant Protection through Fungal Systematics
(In-House Appropriated)
Exotic Pathogens of Citrus: Curation, Diagnostics, and Interactions
(In-House Appropriated)
Genetic Improvement of Blueberry and Cranberry Through Breeding and Development/Utilization of Genomic Resources
(In-House Appropriated)
Genome-Based Strategies and Physiological Biomarkers for Detection and Identification of plant Pathogenic Phytoplasmas and Spiroplasmas
(In-House Appropriated)
Improved Classification and Taxonomic Methods for Agriculturally Important Nematodes
(In-House Appropriated)
Management of Specimens and Associated Information in the U.S. National Fungus Collections, with Emphasis on Critically Important Plant Pathogenic Fungi
(In-House Appropriated)
Microscopy Applications for the Identification and Management of Agricultural Pests and Pathogens
(In-House Appropriated)
Plant-Parasitic Nematode Management: Amendments, Beneficial Organisms, and Nematode Antagonistic Molecules
(In-House Appropriated)
Potato Breeding for Resistance to Biotic and Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses in Eastern U.S. Production
(In-House Appropriated)
Regulation of Gene Expression in Alfalfa Development and Stress Tolerance
(In-House Appropriated)
Strawberry Crop Improvement through Genomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(In-House Appropriated)
Crop Protection & Quarantine (NP #304)
Beetle Taxonomy and Systematics Supporting U.S. Agriculture, Arboriculture and Biological Control
(In-House Appropriated)
Coordination Activities for Research to Register Minor Use of Pesticides
(In-House Appropriated)
Cover Crop-Based Weed Management: Defining Plant-Plant and Plant-Soil Mechanisms and Developing New Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Defining Agroecological Principles and Developing Sustainable Practices in Mid-Atlantic Cropping Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Develop Pest Management Technologies and Strategies to Control the Coffee Berry Borer
(In-House Appropriated)
Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics
(In-House Appropriated)
Systematics of Flies of Importance in Agroecosystems and the Environment
(In-House Appropriated)
Systematics of Hemiptera and Related Groups: Plant Pests, Predators and Disease Vectors
(In-House Appropriated)
Systematics of Moths Significant to Biodiversity, Quarantine, and Control, with a Focus on Invasive Species
(In-House Appropriated)
Systematics of Parasitic and Herbivorous Wasps of Agricultural Importance
(In-House Appropriated)
Urban Landscape Integrated Pest Management
(In-House Appropriated)
Urban Small Farms and Gardens Pest Management
(In-House Appropriated)
Crop Production (NP #305)
Characterizing and Evaluating the Genetic Diversity and Horticultural Value of Genetic Resources for Cacao and Other Tropical tree crops Economically important to the United States
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Agroecosystem Services by Measuring, Modeling, and Assessing Conservation Practices
(In-House Appropriated)
Managing Honey Bees against Disease and Colony Stress
(In-House Appropriated)
Strawberry Crop Improvement through Genomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(In-House Appropriated)
Product Quality and New Uses (NP #306)
Enhancing Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Quality with Improved Phenolics Contents
(In-House Appropriated)
Evaluation and Maintenance of Flavor, Nutritional and Other Quality Attributes of Fresh and Fresh-Cut Produce
(In-House Appropriated)
Rapid Methods for Quality and Safety Inspection of Small Grain Cereals
(In-House Appropriated)