Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mycologists Fight Plant Disease and Save the Food Supply

Mycologists all over the world cooperate to prevent devastation of food crops. In this way, they help to prevent famine. It is great that people internationally cooperate to solve world problems...Global solutions. I like that! Below is a mission statement and the related link in the USA that is used to fight plant disease. Places like this are found all over the world and countries cooperate so that people the world over can eat well especially when we use resources wisely.

"The mission of the Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory is to increase the knowledge and application of the systematics of fungi essential to solving problems in sustainable and conventional agriculture. Research emphasis is on organisms important as pathogens that threaten the production of a safe and abundant food supply and biological control agents of insects and diseases in order to reduce the need for chemical inputs in agriculture. On-line information about plant-associated fungi is provided to users through Internet access to electronic databases. The U. S. National Fungus Collections and databases about fungi serve as unique reference resources developed for use by customers throughout the world."

"Amy Y. Rossman, Research Leader
Rm. 304, Bldg. 011A, BARC-West
10300 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 504-5364"

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