Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

UMD School of Public Health to Use CosmosID Tech in Food Crop Irrigation Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – CosmosID announced today that it has partnered with the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health to help develop new methods for sustainable food crop irrigation.

Last month, the university received a four-year, $10 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to establish a center called CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, focused on finding ways to safely use non-traditional irrigation water on food crops.

According to CosmosID, the center will use its platform for metagenomic microbial identification and characterization as part of that project.

"It's exciting to be part of this effort developed by the University of Maryland because water reuse is a major challenge globally," CosmosID Founder and CSO Rita Colwell said in a statement. "This award by the USDA to the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health is recognition of the strength of the formidable team clearly highly qualified to meet this challenge."

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.