A principal responsibility of government is to promote and ensure the availability of safe and secure food, fiber, feed, and natural resources. US agriculture is highly productive and the envy of the world due to scientific advances that resulted from past investments in agricultural research. To ensure continued safety and security of our agricultural resources, novel solutions to new challenges must be explored and developed. Investment in genomic analyses of agriculturally-related plants and microbes is needed to achieve these solutions.
PPB contacted agency pesonnel to encourage maintaining funding for genomics research on agriculturally related plants and microbes.
Members of APS developed a prioritized list of plant associated microbes for genome analysis.The first report was prepared in 2002, with multiple revisions in 2003, 2005, and 2006. This is the most recently revised list.
Microbial Genomic Sequencing Report
Using the Microbial Genomic Sequencing Report as a foundation for discussions, a Workshop on Genomic Analysis of Plant-Associated Microorganisms was held in Washington D.C., April 9-11, 2002. The workshop was organized by the Public Policy Board of APS, and was funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDAARS) and USDA-National Research Initiatives (USDA-NRI).
Recap of Meeting