USDA Tour - Tuesday, May 21, 2019
CO-LABS network tour of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, CO.

Who ensures biological diversity in the face of evolving diseases and global food systems trends? Via secure cryostasis vaults, freezers and other sophisticated storage technology, the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation carries the mission of preserving germplasm of all life forms that are important to U.S. agriculture.The NCGRP's large state-of-the-art cryopreservation facility provides secure back-up of yeast, fungi, bacteria, and viruses which represents a diverse and important component of U.S. agriculture. Learn about their national bee genebank as part of the agency's response to ongoing problems facing the country's beekeepers. This collection will ensure that genetically diverse honey bee germplasm will be preserved for traits such as resistance to particular pests or diseases and for pollination efficiency. The genebank can help ARS and other researchers around the country to breed better bees now and in the future.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: USDA Research facility in Fort Collins, CO (details send to attendees)
Info: www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/fort-collins-co/center-for-agricultural-resources-research/plant-and-animal-genetic-resources-preservation/
Cost: free for CO-LABS members and guests

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