NAGC anniversary
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. —The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC), a non-profit initiative founded by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory, marks its one-year anniversary.

The NAGC, based in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S., provides research and testing services to both public and private researchers. The center translates scientific discoveries into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods and bioenergy.

“We are extremely excited to see this state-of-the-art facility living up to its promise,” said Larry Hoffmann, chair of the NCGA’s Corn Quality and Productivity Action Team. “The Genotyping Center is already building a reputation for using its high-throughput genotyping technology to both inform and solve problems facing agriculture.”

In just a year’s time, NAGC has been able to commercialize tools to help corn growers and all of agriculture, Hoffman noted, including more effective tests to accurately identify corn diseases like Xanthmonas and Goss’s Wilt and a screening assay for honey bee diseases. Additional tests for corn and soybean diseases are in the research pipeline, the NCGA said.