For the third year, the Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program will offer grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues. These grants, which will be awarded to researchers focusing on seven priority areas, were designed by Southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region, and will thus favor research teams that include members from multiple states.
“The National Corn Growers Association, working with state affiliates, developed AMCOE to bring a unified approach to aflatoxin research that will yield results in a timely and more efficient manner,” said Don Glenn, NCGA Mycotoxin Task Force Chair, a corn grower in Alabama. “Working together, we can improve the tools available for aflatoxin control and get real results that farmers can see in their fields.”
Projects funded for 2014 should focus on one of these seven priority areas: biological control, especially atoxigenic strain development; deployment technology and increased utilization; transgenic modification for improved aflatoxin resistance, breeding for aflatoxin resistance; amelioration technology for aflatoxin-contaminated grain; best management strategies for reducing aflatoxin; improved testing procedures; and improved information transfer.
While corn farmers in Southern states experience aflatoxin challenges every year, these challenges may present themselves in any corn region of the United States when the crop comes under stress. Thus, the benefits of such research, particularly as outlined in the seven priority areas, are truly national in scope. Thusly, proposals will be considered regardless of the geographic region of the parties submitting and any state wishing to provide additional funding for AMCOE is encouraged to do so.
Pre-proposals from principal investigators, co-principal investigators and collaborators not exceeding the $100,000 per year limit will be accepted by AMCOE until August 23. Preference will be given to pre-proposals that demonstrate potential to develop evaluate and transfer the aforementioned technologies to corn producers and the potential to acquire additional funding or leverage existing funding.