Research Grants Provided For Pest Control Programs

16 Aug

The amount of $7.6 million in research grants was awarded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to pest control and the management of beneficial species in agriculture. The research that will be undertaken by 21 different projects is expected to result into more innovations and environmentally sound strategies for pest control in the agricultural industry.

According to Director Sonny Ramaswamy of NIFA, there is a critical need to develop ways of defending crops against pest infestation. The investments of NIFA are also helping in the development of better strategies so as to foster beneficial insects and microbes that have the potential to fight pests.

Among those that received the research grants include USDA Agricultural Research Service, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Gordon Research Conferences and universities all over the country. The grant supports research projects that include bumble bee foraging and colony dynamics that will be carried by Berkeley California, impact of honey phytochemical diversity on honey bee health to be carried out in Urbana, Illinois and the effects of plant-associated bacteria on aphid pests that will be carried in Cornell University.

Aside from the research grants, NIFA will also enter into a partnership with Ireland and Northern Ireland to collaborate on a research on pests and other beneficial species that can be found in the United States. The partnership will be called the United States and Ireland Research and Development Partnership.

Growing Produce has reported that the pilot partnership will seek to leverage on fiscal, intellectual and physical resources to be able to facilitate a coordinated research that will be mutually beneficial to the three countries.

AFRI is leading competitive grants program for foundational and translational research in food and agricultural sciences in the United States. The program was established by Congress in 2008 as a Farm Bill but was re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

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