Location: Arthropod-borne Animal Diseases Research2013 Annual Report
1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Strengthen the collaborations between ARS and Kansas State University (K-State) in areas of mutual interest through cooperative research programs and exchanges, and to jointly to explore and coordinate research activities of mutual interest within the broad scope of animal health and plant health research conducted in Kansas.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Encourage and facilitate direct contacts among appropriate institutions and specialists and work toward long-term cooperation in agricultural research and development programs focused on protecting America’s food animals (livestock) and food crops (grain) from foreign and domestic disease threats.
3. Progress Report:
This project covers collaborative research conducted between scientists at the USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research and Kansas State University. Broad areas of research include: (a) arthropod-vectored animal diseases including virology, entomology, veterinary medicine, and high containment operations; (b) engineering specifically related to grain handling, sorting, storage and quality; soil science and modeling technology as it relates to the impact, mechanism and mitigation strategies for wind erosion; (c) chemistry and food technology in the evaluation of cereal grains, flour and processed products; (d) plant pathology, entomology and plant physiology related to wheat and the discovery and use of genes with resistance to specific constraints; and (e) the biology and management of stored product insect pests. Additional details of research, including milestones, outcomes and publications, can be found in the parent project reports for the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research as follows: 5430-11120-009-00D/420284: Soil Resources and Air Quality Affected by Wind Erosion and Fugitive Dust Emissions: Processes, Simulation and Control 5430-21000-010-00D/424855: Genetic Improvement of Hard Winter Wheat to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses 5430-32000-003-00D/418490: Integrated Approaches for Protection of Animals from Vector-Borne Pathogens 5430-32000-005-00D/423157: Countermeasures to Prevent, Mitigate, and Control Rift Valley Fever (RVF) 5430-32000-006-00D/423208: Bluetongue Virus Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, and Control Measures 5430-43000-032-00D/421404: Ecology, Genomics, and Management of Stored Product Insects 5430-43440-007-00D/420587: Preservation, Enhancement, and Measurement of Grain Quality and Marketability 5430-44000-023-00D/419826: Improve Grain Sorghum End-Use Quality & Utilization by Identifying the Physical, Chemical & Environmental Factors Related to Food & Feed Uses of Sorghum 5430-44000-024-00D/419827: Biochemical and Physical Characterization of Hard Winter Wheat Quality for End-Use Quality