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March 6: USDA National Wildlife Research Center Tour - Genetics Focus

CO-LABS members and partners are visiting the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) laboratory complex in Ft. Collins, Colorado on March 6, 2024.

The Center is part of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services program. Its mission is to develop new tools and techniques to address wildlife damage to agriculture, property, human health and safety, and natural resources.

The tour agenda is geared towards those involved in genetics research and companies with related technologies and equipment. Attendees will learn about opportunities to access data and partnership protocols that can create unique opportunities to leverage the science at the NWRC.

Though NWRC’s research and expertise are diverse, this tour will focus specifically on their work related to the development, testing, and use of genetic tools and technologies for wildlife damage management.

NWRC scientists will highlight the following:

• Development of monitoring and surveillance tools and vaccines for wildlife disease management (ex. rabies, SARS-CoV-2, chronic wasting disease, bovine tuberculosis, and avian influenza)

• Development of invasive species detection and control methods (ex., eDNA, gene drives, siRNA, and rodenticides and other toxicants)

RSVP details here. Advance registration required. Deadline March 2, 2024.

Today’s wildlife-related challenges need innovative solutions. These solutions are often the result of collaborations between Wildlife Services and universities, private companies, or other partners. As a Federal program, Wildlife Services forms partnerships through a variety of legal agreements and by protecting, patenting, and licensing inventions. It strives to put its research into real-world use and move new technologies to the marketplace.

Collaborative partnerships typically include access to scientific expertise, facilities, and locations. Businesses with existing products can also benefit from leveraging Wildlife Services’ national workforce of wildlife biologists to field-test new tools and technologies on a broad scale.

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