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Research Project: National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative’s Networking and Facilitation Office and Website

Location: Crop Production and Protection

Project Number: 0500-00102-001-002-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 5, 2020
End Date: Jun 4, 2024

The objectives of the NFO are: 1) Maintain and enhance the Resource Management/Accountability Center; 2) Facilitate and enhance communication within the Initiative and with its stakeholders; 3) Administer the process of developing the Initiative’s annual recommended research plan and budget; and 4) Manage and implement all meetings and conferences.

The NPMTI is foundational for plant disease biosurveillance and LANL will support the NPMTI by leveraging decision support tools (analytics, databases and forecasting models) that have been developed for human and animal infectious diseases. Adaptation of these tools for key diseases of corn, cotton and wheat will facilitate disease management and preventive/mitigative actions and planning for disease prevention. These tools offer decision support at varying temporal and spatial scales and individual tools can be used at different points along the spectrum of crop disease surveillance, from early detection to post outbreak management. The Networking and Facilitation Office (NFO) is the administrative and communications headquarters for the NPMTI, and it operates under the direction of the Executive Director of the NFO, under the auspices of the Executive Committee of the NPMTI in collaboration with ONP-ARS-USDA, and is governed by the Policies and Procedures of the NPMTI.