2021 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship – Mexico Initiative

Sponsor: USDA – FAS
Target Group: Faculty & Staff
Closing Date: December 7, 2020
Description: USDA identifies Borlaug Participants based on country-specific topics of importance to international agricultural trade. USDA then places Participants with U.S. research institutions for 10-12-week intensive programs. These programs are expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the Participant and the institutions through a hands-on experience in a “real-world” agricultural research scenario, providing opportunity for application of research agendas where they can have a direct impact on food security and economic growth in an emerging economy. It is hoped that host institutions will share the knowledge gained through the program in their classroom and extension work with their faculty, students, extension officers, and constituents; and that they will continue to maintain professional contacts with the Participants after their departure from the United States.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The selected institution will design and implement a training program to meet the Participant’s proposed research goals and objectives to the closest extent possible. The selected institution will also include leadership and communication training to help the fellow better communicate research conducted under their fellowship to policy makers in their respective countries to help implement science based agricultural policies.
Fellow specific objectives:
• Fellow 1 – Plant Growth Promoting Fungi for Crops Improvement: Bioprospecting as Biofertilizers and Biopesticides; Developing a Certification System for Biofertilizers and Biopesticides. (page 17)
• Fellow 2 – Fungi PCR and DNA Extraction and Methodology of Detection and Identification of Pesticides Via Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) of Fresh Vegetables; U.S. Standards for Pesticide Use. (page 20)
• Fellow 3 – Agricultural Products Trade Policy – Market and Trade Data Analysis of Grains and Agriproducts Traded Between the U.S. and Mexico. (page 25)
• Fellow 4 –Abiotic Stress Use to Increase Antioxidants/Bioactive Compounds and Heavy Metal Chelation in Tomato Plants. (page 29)
• Fellow 5 – Mycorrhizal Fungi Biofertilizers and Certification. (page 33)

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