NCGA Launches New Ag Genotyping Website
Website provides information for producers and researchers alike.
Published: Jun 1, 2012
The National Corn Growers Association launched a redesigned version of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center website this week to improve understanding and interest in the need for agricultural genotyping information. The center hopes to improve agricultural research for public and private interests.
According to NAGC, the proposed center will contribute to maintaining the safety of the American food supply by improving identification of contaminated food products or diseased crops. It also has the potential to increase economic stability and national security by making high-throughput genotyping available to plant breeders, food safety scientists and many others.
Genotyping can also ensure global competitiveness by allowing the US to leverage specific agricultural strengths, such as selective breeding, according to NAGC. Genotype technology can quickly identify animals and plants with traits of specific interest.
With the proposed center, producers may soon be able to check crop pedigrees, identify traits of interest and determine parentage of animals.
NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair DeVonna Zeug said the center can ensure that the most innovative solutions reach farmers’ fields by “furthering the science behind improved corn varieties in a way that is available to a larger pool of researchers.”
The new website clearly defines NAGC’s mission as translating scientific discoveries into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, bioenergy and national security. The idea for the center came about in response to a growing need for genotyping services within U.S. agricultural research, food production and safety testing.
In order to meet this need, NCGA, in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, supports the establishment of the national center to alleviate the inefficiencies, redundancies, bottlenecks and gaps that impede research and commercial development.
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