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Research Project: World Fungi Database Support and Space Reimbursement

Location: Mycology and Nematology Genetic Diversity and Biology Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-22000-327-004-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2021
End Date: Sep 30, 2023

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 other information associated with 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, MD, building 010A and includes offices nos. 114, 224, 327, 329, 330 and laboratory nos. 219 and 324.