1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
The intent of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to strengthen the cooperation between the Participants and focus the mutal interest in the broad areas of science and technology, including: animal science, plant science, soil science, agriculture, natural resources management, nutrition, aquaculture and other additional fields as may be mutally decided upon by the Participants.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
This MOU is intended to serve as a framework for discussion and coordination in matters related to agriculture and naturalresource management, and to facilitate collaborative activities between the Participants in matters of science andtechnology. All collaborative activities are subject to the mutual agreement of the Participants and may be described in, and subject to, individual plans of work delineating arrangements between participants that are specific for each activity. In general, cooperation may be effected through exchange of materials and information; exchange of scientists, specialists, and trainees; development of projects of mutual interest between ARS scientists and ARC scientists; organization of symposia and workshops; and joint publication of studies and reports. The Participants may assign such members of theirstaff as may be required to meet its responsibilities, as well as aid in planning and jointly developing projects of mutual interest. Participants may jointly explore and coordinate research, exchanges, traiing, and development activities of mutual interest,which would be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Participants.
3. Progress Report
Cooperation with ARC research institutes continued this year: 1) ARS-Arthropod Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (ABADRU) and ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI) continued under the Rift Valley Fever Diagnosis and Vaccine Development and Evaluation project, with OVI and ARS developing and finalizing a detailed work plan. The ARS Lead Scientist, Bill Wilson, organized a project review meeting in Kenya in September which the OVI PI will attend. 2) Scientists from the ARS Dairy Forage and Aquaculture Lab, Miles City, MT continued cooperating with ARC-Animal Improvement Institute scientists to finalize publications arising from their cooperation on “Detection of Quantitative Trait Loci and Marker Assisted Introgression in Beef Cattle” (project number 5434-31000-016-03). 3) Antigenic Structure of Fmdv Capsid Proteins and the Selection of Appropriate Candidate Vaccine Strains in Emerging – project activities commenced this year (details reported under project number 1940-32000-053-14. 4) As an added accomplishment, ARC’s OVI will take over the leadership of the Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance, GFRA (at http://www.ars.usda.gov/gfra/), this year, receiving this leadership role from Argentina’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (INTA). ARS will encourage the engagement of additional African partners at the next GFRA meeting in Pretoria next year.