1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
Technical, financial, and material cooperation for implementation of the RDA Virtual Laboratory in the United States of America.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
ARS and RDA will develop carefully selected research projects of mutual interest. Research will be conducted at ARS facilities through placement of RDA scientists for short or long-term assignments. Research will be conducted cooperatively and results will be shared jointly.
3. Progress Report
This report serves to document research cooperation between ARS and the Rural Development Administration for fiscal year 2009. This agreement replaces project number 0210-22310-002-70T. The RDA-RAVL Coordinator is based at ARS-HQ and works directly with the ARS program manager thus providing direct facilitation and oversight. The renewal of this agreement was the first major accomplishment of the new RDA-ARS Virtual Laboratory (RAVL) Coordinator. There are five active sub-projects continuing under this new project from the previous expired project number: 1. Identification of genes related to plant defense and their application to enhance resistance in soybeans (ARS Cooperator: Benjamin Matthews, BARC); 2. Identification of Quality and Safety evaluation technologies for fruits and vegetables using hyperspectral imaging and fluorescence methods (ARS Cooperator: Dr. Moon Kim,); 3. Assessing the fate and transportation of agricultural contaminants during crop cultivation ( ARS Cooperator, Dr. Scott Yates,); 4. Practical use of induced resistance compound derived from endophytic and soil microorganisms (ARS Cooperator: Dr. Bryan Bailey,); and 5. Development of transgenic plants induced root knot nematode resistance by RNAi silencing of nematode lethal genes- Identify the SN genes which can confer SN resistance into soybean by RNAi. (ARS Cooperator: Dr. Benjamin Matthews,) A new activity was initiated this year. In June, 2009 the ARS Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center hosted a workshop to develop two new projects: 1. Effect of Korean diet on the health risks related to chronic diseases. ARS Cooperator: Allison Yates, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center; and 2. Development of nondestructive food safety evaluation technology. ARS Cooperator: Dr. Moon Kim