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FFAR award amount $221,743
Year Awarded 2020
Total award amount $506,743
Location West Lafayette, IN
Matching Funders Microsoft
FFAR award amount $15,000
Total award amount $30,000
Location North Carolina State University
Matching Funders NC State University
Lactic acid bacteria, a group of probiotic organisms commonly found in dairy products, enhances lactose digestions and strengthens immune health. Pan is using CRISPR-CAS technology to characterize how lactic acid bacteria can engineer the next generation of lactobacillus-based vaccines for humans and animals and antimicrobials for food safety.
FFAR award amount $1,000,000
Total award amount $2,044,872
Location Pullman, WA
Matching Funders Lundberg Family Farms, Washington State University
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Despite its popularity and nutritional content, quinoa is still underutilized because it is imported, even though nutritious, high-quality varieties can grow and thrive in this country. Washington State University researchers are growing new quinoa varieties and analyzing them for amino acid and micronutrient concentrations. The researchers are testing soil and nutrient management practices that enhance the crops’ nutritional values while also improving yield. Thousands of quinoa varieties are being evaluated in diverse soil types and unique environments.
Food processing disruptions caused by COVID-19 outbreaks highlight the need for better real-time monitoring and reporting of the status of the food supply chain to prevent or mitigate food crises. Purdue University researchers are creating a series of open-access online dashboards that help quantify and illustrate potential disruptions to the food supply chain. The dashboards will focus on COVID-19 but have the flexibility to be tailored to suit future market disruptions.
FFAR award amount $336,000
Year Awarded 2019
Total award amount $673,000
Location Washington, DC 20001
Matching Funders Walmart Foundation
Location University of Illinois
Matching Funders Kellogg
Probiotics are the bacteria that live inside our bodies and benefit health and prebiotics are the fiber that these probiotics eat to survive. Krug is analyzing changes in the GI microbiota, cognitive function, sleep quality, mental health and 24-hour urinary free-cortisol concentrations. This study expands the literature and knowledge about the role of prebiotics and probiotics in human health.
FFAR award amount $97,500
Total award amount $195,000
Location University of Nebraska
Matching Funders Neogen / Ne Food and Health Center
The human gut microbiome is a collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi in the human body that contributes to both health and disease. Korth’s research is identifying components of agricultural products, with a focus on crop plants, that alter the state of the microbiome. Korth is characterizing bacteria associated with health traits to develop diet supplements that improve human health.
Location University of Maryland
Matching Funders Maryland Wineries Association
The emerging grape industry in the US Mid-Atlantic is facing fungal diseases, which have not been well characterized. The lack of understanding is threatening yields of this increasingly important commodity. Cosseboom is examining the fungal pathogens causing these diseases to better understand and manage these diseases.
FFAR award amount $300,000
Total award amount $600,000
Location Blacksburg, VA
Matching Funders Virginia Tech University
Fruits and vegetables offer great benefits to our health but can be easily comprised by environmental impacts. Virginia Tech University research team is developing new ecologically based management practices for apples that can boost the content of health-promoting phytochemicals in fruit.
FFAR award amount $998,496
Total award amount $1,998,146
Location Bozeman, MT
Matching Funders Montana Healthcare Foundation
Despite the Blackfeet Nation’s rich agricultural diversity, the Piikani people suffer from diet-related health disparities and persistent poverty. Blackfeet Nation and Montana State University researchers are helping ranchers and farmers make cost-effective management decisions, investigating regional food systems and identifying how tradition Indigenous foods influence Piikani health.
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