USDA Plant Genome Newsletter

SUSAN MCCARTHY smccarthy at ASRR.ARSUSDA.GOV
Wed May 22 16:15:00 EST 1991


The United States Department of Agriculture has funded the Plant Genome
Research Program.  The program goal is to facilitate the genetic improve-
ment of plants using the latest evolutionary and revolutionary biotechnol-
ogies.  These efforts will lead to improving crops to meet marketplace needs
and reducing the negative impact of agricultural practices on the environ-
ment.

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) will be producing a relational data-
base to archive and distribute data generated by the program.  NAL will pro-
vide public access for this information.

NAL will also publish a newsletter for the USDA program.  This newsletter will 
be issued quarterly.  The first issue is expected by late summer.  A tentative
outline for the newsletter will follow below.  If you would like to recieve a
copy of the newsletter you may call, write, FAX or otherwise send me your name
and address.

                       Susan McCarthy
                       10301 Baltimore Blvd.
                       National Agricultural Library
                       Beltsville, MD  20705

(301) 344 - 3875:Voice            (301) 344 - 6098:FAX

                       smccarthy at asrr.arsusda.gov

CONTINUING COLUMNS:

NOMENCLATURE STANDARDIZATION, DATABASE COMPATIBILITY:  Dr. Lois Blaine

DATABASE DEVELOPMENTS:  Dr. Douglas Bigwood

ARS/FS COMMODITY COOPERATORS:  Drs. Ed Coe, Randy Shoemaker, David Neale,
                               Frank Greene

OTHER GENOME PROJECTS:  Dr. Susan McCarthy

COMPETITIVE GRANTS:  CSRS/ Dr. Susan McCarthy

GENOME/MAPPING SOFTWARE:  Deborah Richardson

DIRECTORS OFFICE:  Dr. Jerome Miksche

CALENDAR:  Deborah Richardson

INFORMATION SCIENCES:  Vincent Cassese
 
FEATURE ARTICLES:

GENERAL INTEREST:   This feature will have broad interest for the program.  In 
the first issue Dr. Jerome Miksche will have an article about the overall pro-
gram.

SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS:   This feature will describe new developments which
will benefit the genome program.  The first feature will be written by Dr.
Howard Goodman on the process of Yeast Artificial Chromosomes as cloning 
technique.




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