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Research Project: Innovative Phytochemical Discovery of New Microbicides and Insecticides

Location: Subtropical Insects and Horticulture Research

Project Number: 6034-22320-007-07-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2018
End Date: Jul 31, 2023

Objective:
The purpose of this agreement is to conduct mutually beneficial research on discovery and isolation of novel microbicide and insecticidal plant chemical compounds, and novel chemical adjuvants to improve absorption of active ingredients into plants. Strengthen collaborations between the two cooperating institutions and countries. The Participants intend jointly to explore and coordinate research activities of mutual interest which are to be implemented by mutual understanding and in conformance with the regulations and policies of both participants.

Approach:
Plant roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, will be collected and extracted using hot water or methanol. Powdered preparations will be chemically evaluated using Gas-chromatography-Mass Spec (GC-MS), and Thin Layer Chromotography (TLC) protocols, by both participants, and fractions screened using standard microbicide/ inseciticide bioassays. Novel compounds will be further tested for suitability for moving towards commercialization. The Participants are currently engaged in and have independent interests within the broad scope of crop protection strategies to manage insect pests and plant pathogens. The Participants intend to encourage and facilitate direct contacts among appropriate institutions and specialists and work toward long-term cooperation in agricultural research and development programs. Agricultural research areas may be undertaken per mutual decision of the Participants. Each Participant’s participation in the cooperative activities under this agreement is subject to the availability of funds, resources, and personnel and is to be conducted in accordance with the laws and regulations of that participant’s government.