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USDA Announces $11 million to Support Antimicrobial Resistance Research


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $11 million in available funding for projects that mitigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a growing public health issue that affects more than 2 million people annually. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

In celebration of One Health Day 2016, special issue of "Infection Ecology and Epidemiology" highlights One Health Training, Research and Outreach


In celebration of One Health Day 2016 a special Issue highlighting One Health Training, Research and Outreach around the world was published in the online, open access journal,  Infection Ecology and Epidemiology

One Health Training, Research, and Outreach in North America


Information for this review article was derived from the extensive One Health community records of the One Health Commission OHC) and the One Health Initiative (OHI) Autonomous pro bono team, One Health web searches conducted in the fall of 2016, and the professional contacts and experiences of the authors. Furthermore, a call for information was disseminated to the OHC Global One Health Community listserv. Participants were asked to populate an online Google Document with information on One Health training and research activities (entries were verified and One Health activities were summarized). Some of the most noteworthy programs are highlighted in this article with additional programs and courses listed in tables. The authors learn new One Health activities almost daily.

Keeping an Open Mind


"New paper suggests researchers who are more open to other disciplines and worldviews produce higher-quality research."

Lab staple agar hit by seaweed shortage


Exceprt: "Microbiology’s most important reagent is in short supply, with potential consequences for research, public health and clinical labs around the world.

Agar — the seaweed-derived, gelatinous substance that biologists use to culture microbes — is experiencing a global downturn, marine biologists, agar producers and industry analysts toldNature. “There’s not enough seaweed for everyone, so basically we are now reducing our production,” says Pedro Sanchez, deputy managing director of Industrias Roko in Polígono de Silvota, Spain, which processes seaweed to make some 40% of the world’s agar.

The shortage can be traced to newly enforced trade restrictions on the seaweed, arising from environmental concerns that the algae are being overharvested. It is unclear how deeply the dearth will hit researchers, but it has already pushed wholesale prices of agar to an all-time high of around US$35–45 per kilogram — nearly triple the price before scarcities began. Individual researchers, who buy packaged agar from lab-supply companies, can pay many times this amount."

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