Project Number: 8042-22000-308-019-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2019
End Date: Sep 30, 2021
The primary goal of this project is to provide facilities, resources and services to APHIS personnel including data on plant associated fungi and web-based identification resources to enhance their ability to prevent the entry of plant-quarantine significant fungi into the U.S.
ARS will provide access to curated collections in the U.S. National Fungus Collections for use as reference specimens for identifying fungal specimens intercepted at ports-of-entry and collected from domestic sources, and international surveys. In addition, ARS will increase the number of records available in the database of fungi on plants around the world and provide accurate scientific names of plant-quarantine significant fungi. Additional resources are made available to APHIS such as accurate fungal names, specimen data from U.S. National Fungus Collections, database of literature, including entry of new references, and deposition of specimens in the U.S. National Fungus Collections. Data are continuously added to the World Fungi Database that now exceeds 700,000 reports of fungi on plant hosts throughout the world. Office space and lab space are provided to APHIS personnel as well as facilities and services including taxonomic literature library, herbarium specimens, conference room, autoclave, media prep room, mail services, shared fax machine, parking and security. Space provided exists at USDA, ARS, NEA, BARC, Beltsville, Maryland, Building 010A and includes office room numbers 114, 224, 327, 329, 330 and laboratory room numbers 219 and 324.