1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
The purpose of this agreement is to strengthen the collaborations between the Participants in areas of mutual interest through cooperative research programs and exchanges. To this end, the Participants agree jointly to explore and coordinate research activities of mutual interest which will be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformity with the regulations and policies of both Participants.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
To facilitate the cooperative research effort(s) described herein, each Participant intends to assign such members of its staff to specific projects as may be mutually agreed upon, as well as aid in planning and developing projects of mutual interest.
3. Progress Report
This report serves to document activities conducted under a Memorandum of Understanding between ARS and the French National Institute of Agricultural Research. In FY2010, National Program Leader, Dr. Cyril Gay co-organized the 2010 International Symposium on “Animal genomics for Animal Health” held in Paris on May 31-June 3, 2010 (https://colloque.inra.fr/agah2010. The concept for symposium was derived in collaboration with INRA and the European Animal Disease Genomics Network of Excellence for Animal Health and Food Safety (EADGENE) as a follow up to the first international symposium on animal genomics for animal health. Major accomplishments include bringing leaders in animal genomics and animal health together to plan new directions to fundamentally change the way we approach animal health research and explore new opportunities with the animal health research community. A notable achievement was the participation of scientists from several developing countries (Middle East, Africa, and South America, and South Asia). The ARS-Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, in PA, and the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed in Coshocton, OH are individually working in collaboration with INRA conducting research in the areas of watershed management, and nutrient management for water quality improvement and protection. The Beltsville Food and Animal Production lab is working with INRA on poultry production. ARS-Ames, IA is conducting research with INRA on the reconstruction of the invasion dynamics of western corn rootworm in North America, and assistance in determining the source of ongoing introductions to Europe using genetic markers. There have been continued, extensive collaborations in the area of genetic improvement of potato, legume and other horticulture crops, taxonomy of plant pathogenic bacteria, management of soilborne diseases of horticultural crops, germplasm information systems, bovine genome sequencing, and livestock production.