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ARS organized a Middle East Regional Gap Analysis workshop in Amman, Jordan in July to foster relationships between participating nations, and disseminate scientific information and veterinary medical countermeasures to protect animals and people in the Middle-East. The workshop identified knowledge gaps in five major animal diseases: Avian Influenza, Foot and Mouth Disease, Rabies, Brucellosis, and MERScov, which threaten animal agriculture, food security, and public health.
Funding Opportunity:The U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund was established under an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities between both countries. Teams of U.S. and Egyptian researchers may jointly apply for funds to support collaboration on scientific and technical endeavors of mutual interest to promote economic development. Proposals for U.S.-Egypt S&T Collaborative Research Grants will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Cairo time on September 27, 2016. Topics include climate change, livestock diseases, food processing and safety, renewable energy, desalination, water, and more.
Dr. Sukumar Saha, ARS Research Geneticist from the Genetics and Sustainable Agriculture Research Unit in Mississippi State, Mississippi will be awarded the 2016 CSSA International Service in Crop Science Award, by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), along with a $1,000 monetary prize, at the CSSA International Convention on November 9, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Saha is being recognized for collaborative work with scientists from Uzbekistan on plant biotechnology. From 2002, Dr. Saha’s active participation and leadership in cutting-edge genomics and plant breeding technologies has enhanced Uzbekistan genomics research capacity and fostered the commercialization of RNAi technology.
The United Nations Environment Programme - International Resource Panel (UNEP-IRP) report, “Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: evaluation systems, strategies and tools”, was jointly released by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and UNEP-IRP in Beijing China on June 17, in conjunction with the World Day to Combat Desertification. Participating in the release ceremony, was lead author of the report, Dr. Jeff Herrick, Research Soil Scientist at ARS Range Management Research, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The IRP is a scientific panel launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 to build and share knowledge that will improve worldwide resources use by informing policymakers, industry and the community on improving local and global resource management to enhance sustainability and protect the environment.