Ryan Moore, an OIRP international affairs specialist who works with Martin Neto on the LABEX program, agrees: "Traditionally, foreign scientists have come to the U.S.
"ARS's decision to expand and strengthen our cooperation by sending their researchers to Brazil will have a relevant impact towards obtaining new achievements of mutual interest," says Martin Neto, who is on a 2-year appointment at OIRP from EMBRAPA.
ARS researchers interested in collaborating with EMBRAPA scientists abroad should contact Martin Neto or Moore at OIRP, using the contact information below.--By Jan Suszkiw, ARS.
In addition, OIRP
awarded scholarships to support travel and lodging expenses for 20 students who learned about GIS using the AgroAtlas software.
"The mission of OIRP
is to enhance the productivity, effectiveness, and impact of the 23 ARS national programs through mutually beneficial international cooperation," says OIRP
acting director Ibrahim Shaqir.
OIRP helps ARS researchers conduct research in nations where mutual interests exist in areas including animal health, biotechnology and biosafety, protection of crop health and pest control, food safety, and water and environmental conservation.
With guidance from OIRP, ARS researchers throughout the United States and overseas are collaborating with scientists from several nations, including Brazil, Israel, and countries of the former Soviet Union.
Eileen Herrera is an international affairs specialist with OIRP. She indicates that many projects focus on issues that affect productivity, trade between the United States and Mexico, and natural resources management along our shared border.
"We had a verbal agreement with FAPESP within half of a day, thanks to Crestana and our existing relationship with Brazil through the LABEX project," says OIRP's Richard V.
The October 1999 formation of OIRP gives the agency a principal contact for international issues and strengthens its commitment to international research-and-development collaborations in agriculture and natural resources, says its acting director Arlyne Meyers.
The 15 OIRP staffers, located at ARS' headquarters in Beltsville, Maryland, help initiate contacts between ARS scientists and potential collaborators abroad and search for funding from outside sources.
Under Greene's guidance, OIRP supports and helps manage ARS' biocontrol programs in four overseas locations: Hurlingham, Argentina; Indooroopilly, Australia; Beijing, China; and Montpellier, France--the flagship lab.