Agreement with USDA to feed more knowledge to Plantwise
News story, 5 March 2012
Research and information from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be feeding the knowledge bank behind CABI’s Plantwise initiative, thanks to a partnership agreement signed in Washington on 8 February 2012.
CABI CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls signed the Memorandum of Understanding with USDA Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, Catherine Woteki. Under the agreement USDA will contribute research and information to the Plantwise knowledge bank that underpins the plant clinics and other Plantwise activities.
Blogging on the USDA website, Dr Woteki wrote: “Programs like Plantwise can play an important role in empowering […] farmers with the right knowledge to address pests in an integrated and effective way, thereby reversing the loss of crops, and increasing their food production.
“At USDA, we will continue to bring our experience with research, extension, and education systems to assist those that need our assistance – to further our mutual goals of food security, health, and sustainability.”
To read USDA's blog concerning the partnership click here