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Plant Production and Protection - Biology




The objective of thitopic area ito examine means of enhancing crop production by applying biological approaches treduce the impact of harmful agents, develop new methods for plant improvement, and appltraditional plant breeding methods and new technologies to develop new food and non-food crop plants, awelas new genotypes of existing crop plantwith characteristics that allow theiuse in new commercial applications. Thitopiarea supports thfollowing National Challenge Areas: Food Security; Climate Variability and Change; Bioenergy; and Food Safety.


FY2016 Research Priorities:


Examples of appropriate subtopics for research applicationfrom small businesses include, but are not limited to thfollowing:


1.Plant improvementImproved crop production usintraditional plant breeding and biotechnology, including but nolimited to, molecular biology, and mutagenesis, genomics, tissue culture, and/or embryogenes ito produce crops with new or improved quality, yield, agronomic, horticultural, value- added, and/or economitraits. Topics may include, but not limited to: 

a. Improvement ocommercial floriculture production -Biological and/ortechnological approaches timprove the competitiveness of U.S. production oflowering potted plants, bedding plants, seasonal crops, annuals, perennials, and cut flowers.

b. Developmenof new cropsDevelopment of new crop plants as sources of food, non-food industrial or ornamental products.


2. Pollinators and crop production -Projectthat address the health and success of domesticated and natural pollinators of economicallimportancrops.


3. Plant protection againsabiotic and/or biotic stressesReduced the impact of plant pathogens, insect pests, and abiotic stress on crop plants; and increasing plant resistance to plant pathogens, insect pests, and abiotistress. Topics may include, but not limited to:

a. Improved plant diseasdiagnostics (accurate, rapid, and cost-effective identification of causal agentin specialty crop plants at the earliest possibltime relative to manifestation of disease).

b. Bio-Based approacheto protecorganically-grown crops from insecand nematodpests and diseases, including the development of decision aid systems thaare information extensivand timsensitive.



Investigators are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Nowierski, National Program Leader for Plant Production and Protection -Biology at or 202-401-4900 regarding questions about the suitability of research topics or to arrange a telephone consultation.

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