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Microbial Genomics

Prioritizing Microorganisms for Agricultural Use

NIFA has invested in sequencing more than 25 agriculturally important microorganisms. One of the issues still facing NIFA is how to prioritize agriculturally important microorganisms for genome sequencing.

In setting priorities, NIFA seeks input from stakeholders. There are countless agriculturally significant microorganisms, including pathogens that threaten food safety, rumen microorganisms that help livestock digest feed, plant and animal pathogens, nitrogen-fixing bacteria that help plants grow, and bacteria that help ferment food.

Efforts are ongoing to prioritize microorganisms for sequencing in particular areas of importance to agriculture. NIFA funds numerous projects in this area of research.


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