Using Stakeholder Input
NIFA organized a Stakeholders'
Workshop on Plants and Pest Biology
on November 14, 2002, in Arlington, VA.
The goal of the workshop was to obtain
perspectives and guidance from the stakeholders
in NIFA's program development. More than
25 scientific societies and producer groups
participated. Genomics was identified as
one of the priority areas in the workshop.
In 2000, NIFA and the Agricultural Research
Service (ARS) jointly hosted a workshop titled “USDA
Microbial Genomics Stakeholder Workshop for
Animal Health and Food Safety Pathogens.” The
workshop used an electronic (e-mail) conference
format. Participants developed strategies
to prioritize the sequencing of animal pathogens
(microbes) and to coordinate the efforts
nationally and internationally. Recommendations
were made to NIFA to provide strong leadership
in sequencing of microorganisms involved
in animal health and food safety.
Plant-Associated Microbe Genome Initiative was
developed by the Plant Microbial Research
Community in association with the American
Phytopathological Society (APS) to prioritize
the sequencing of plant associated microbes.
A workshop was held in Washington DC, on
April 9-11, 2002, by the APS Public Policy
Board and was funded by several federal
agencies, including NIFA. Participants
were stakeholders and observers from NIFA
and other funding agencies. The stakeholders
have established a list of microorganisms
for sequencing that are of importance to
plant health. APS revised the list in 2003.
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