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Title: International focus. Vol. 16. No. 8.
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Title: International focus. Vol. 16. No. 8.
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Publication Date: August/September 2005
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Where UF/IFAS travels the globe!
UF/IFAS International Programs Office of the Vice President for Agriculture & Natural Resources Gainesville, Florida 32611'

From the director
Corporation "
By Roger Natzke

UF/IFAS Bidding
for Two Millennium Challenge
Corporation (MCC) Proposals
T he long awaited NICC. the
"corporate" way of handling
what USAID does, is finally a
reality. The MCC has approved
proposals from six countries, for a
total just short of a billion
dollars. Each ot these countries sub-
mitted a proposal tor alleviating
poverty amongst its people. Each
proposal is unique to the needs of the
country submitting it.
The MNCC recently sent out a request
for proposals from potential contrac-
tors to supply each country's techni-
cal and consulting needs, as the na-
tions selected by NICC begin to carry
out their development plans.
The tasks to be performed are: con-
sulting; training, workshops, semi-
nars, and peer review panels; and
desk research.
The four broad areas of work under
these selected proposals include tech-
nical, economic, or social assessments
of rural infrastructure sudi as market
access, road rehabilitation, reservoir
and irrigation schemes: agricultural
productivity and its impact on rural
economic growth and poverty
alleviation: technical agricultural
market chain; technical,
See NCC, p. 2

UF/IFAS senior vice president
leads major faculty delegation to
Caribbean Food Crops Society

annual meeting

na demonstration of UF/IF AS-
impact and expertise in issues
affecting the Caribbean Basin, UF/
IFAS was a major player in the 2005
Caribbean Food Crops Society
(CFCS) meeting, July 10-16th.
Jimmy Cheek. Senior Vice President
for Agricullure and Natural Re-
sources, led an impressive team of
eighteen faculty to the island of
Guadaloupe, French West Indies, this
year's host nation.
The CFCS is one of the oldest agri-
cultural societies in the Caribbean.
with membership that includes every'
Caribbean island, plus Central and
South American representatives. UF/
IFAS is strengthening links with
CFCS due to the society's importance
in the region and the Caribbean's im-
portance to Florida's agricultural and
natural resources.
Using this linkage, UF/IFAS is
developing safeguarding strategies to
combat invasive species in the region.
UF/IFAS has conducted invasive
species workshops and symposia at
several CFCS meetings, as a part of
the Tropical & Sub-Tropical Agricud-
tural Research (TSTAR) program.
Each country gives a report on re-
search priorities and how its research
is organized. Tour of local agricul-
tural production practices are a com-
ponent of each meeting.' *CONTACT:
William F. Brown,

French West Indies

1 3 Jimmy Cheek
helped open
the 2005 Carib-
r bean Food Crop
SSociety meet-
S ing, as one of
.d five inaugural
.li- speakers.
UF/IFAS delegation consisted of 18 faculty

UF research
training grant
spans four Botswana
continents Mexico, &
Sandra Russo of UF's Lnler-
national Studies and Mark Brown.
College of Engineering. have obtained
a 5-year National Science Fotudation
Integrative Graduate Education and
Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant
totaling more than $3 million. IFAS
will be one of the players in this grant.
The IGERT is on adaptive manage-
ment, a systematic process for continu-
ally improving management policies
and practices, by learning from the

See Grant, p. 3
Housefly "birth-control" virus
I Feeding Egypt through Education
New Study Abroad Program
African Pesticide School
IFAS Graduate Wins Major
SInternational Conservation Award
New International Programs
Director Search
STravel Grants Awarded
Upcoming International Highlights

Telephone: 352 392-1965 FAX: 352 392-7127 Website:
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Vol. 16, No. 8




virus to control
Thanks to UF/IFAS faculty
members Verena-Ulrike Blaeske-
Lietze and Drion Boucias, the common
housefly may soon find it difficult to
reproduce. Also known as "filth flies,"
these insects cause massive contamina-
tion at dairy and poultry operations
and swarm in such large populations,
they've sparked lawsuits by home-
owners near production facilities.
Blaeske-Lietze and Boucias have
launched a high-tech quest to rid dairy
and poultry producers and their
neighbors of exploding housefly popu-
lations, to protect human health from
the contamination and diseases the
flies spread, and to protect the environ-
ment by reducing the amount of pesti-
cide used to control houseflies.
That quest led Boucias to Seibersdorf,
Austria in July 2005, with help from a
travel grant from UF/IFAS Interna-
tional Programs. Boucias met with
colleagues from the University of
Montpellier, located in France, and


with International
Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA)
staff at IAEA's

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American dairy producers lose $30 million annually in
pesticide costs to control common houseflies. National
poultry operation losses are $20 million a year. The
proposed UF/IFAS cooperative research partnership with
Austria and France offers a potential bio-control method
for dairy and poultry "filth flies." The bio-control project
will help save money and protect the environment.

Those meetings allowed Boucias to
study the effects of an uncharacterized
Salivary Gland Hyperplasia1 (SGH)
virus in tsetse flies, which acts as a
"birth-control agent," rendering both
females and males sterile.
A similar virus found in Florida's
feral housefly populations also acts as
a biological birth control agent. The
proposal that Boucias and his
colleagues are putting together will
pair UF/IFAS faculty with researchers
in Austria, France, and Kenya.
Proposed research will provide
fundamental knowledge on the
biology and pathology of the virus, as
well as its bio-control potential..:.
CONTACT: Drion Boucias,

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) from page 1
economic or social assessment of land tenure (rural or urban). Several major
challenges arise in the bidding and implementation process. First, the
requests often require a broad range of expertise and second, the response
time demanded is often very short. Thus it is very difficult for universities to
compete as providers of technical and consulting needs.
To reduce the impact ot those challenges, we formed a consortium of
universities, with the University ot Georgia taking the lead, and developed a
provider's proposal. In addition, Collins and Company, a consulting firm
employed by NASULGC, pulled together a number of U.S. universities and
submitted a provider's proposal. UF/IFAS faculty are also included in that
consulting group. By joining these two groups, we have increased the likeli-
hood that our faculty can get involved in consulting, research, training, and
other activities as needed.
The cooperation of our faculty members in submitting CVs under very
short notice is greatly appreciated. If either of the consortium is successful in
being selected, there will likely be an opportunity for more faculty members
to participate.:* Roger Natzke is senior associate dean and director
of UF/IFAS International Programs

New study
programs in

Italy, Spain

effrey Brecht, UF/IFAS Research
JFoundation Professor with the Horti-
cultural Sciences Department, an-
nounced that Memoranda of Under-
standing have been signed creating
study abroad programs in Greece and
Italy, under a USDE FIPSE grant. An
MOU for a third program in Spain, is
The new study abroad MOUs will
provide an internationally based
curriculum that increases professional
skills of graduate students and
advanced undergraduates in post-
harvest technology of horticultural
crops, including fresh-cut produce.
Curriculum will cover post-harvest
biology, physiology, and pathology of
: horticultural crops; quality assessment:
Equipment engineering; logistics and
j technology of perishable transporta-
Stion: marketing aspects related to fruits
and vegetables: and international
Eight scholarships are available for
travel and subsistence at cooperating
Universities for three months: the
SUniversity of Thessaly, Eastern Greece;
the University of Foggia in Foggia,
Italy, and the University of Cordoba in
Cordoba. Spain.'
CONTACT: Jeffrey Brecht


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New International
Programs Director
Search Kicks Off
By Roger Natzke
In September, interviews ot the
Director position will be scheduled.
I hope all faculty with international
activities ill get actively involved in
the interview process. not only to assist
in selecting the best candidate, but also
to be energetic in recruiting that candi-
date to UF/IFAS.

Grant, from page 1
outcomes of operational programs.
Students will study some of the
world's most important wetlands,
which are under intense pressure in
Florida, Australia, Botswana, Brazil,
and Mexico. Human pressures on wet-
lands essential to human existence and
wildlife will provide outstanding train-
ing for Ph.D. research fellows.
Other faculty will participate in the
project. The NSF is trying to change
the culture of graduate education to
produce scientists able to solve com-
Splex problems. NSF feels today's train-
Sing methods are too narrowly focused.
S* Contact: Sandra Russo,

reaches five
nations with
pesticide school
Peter Nkedi-Kizza, Soil & Water
Science department, spent six
weeks in Uganda teaching the fifth
African Network for the Chemical
Analysis of Pesticides (ANCAP) sum-
mer course for the ANCAP School of
Tropical Pesticide Management.
ANCAP is a non-governmental, non-
political, non-sectarian, and non-profit
scientific body devoted to the science
of chemical analysis of pesticides,
including residue analyses, degrada-
tion, and environmental fate.

Feeding Egypt through
UF/IFAS helps Egyptian universities
meet nation's projected agricultural needs

The new UF/IFAS dean for the
College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences, Kirby Barrick, traveled to
Cairo and Ain Sokhna, Egypt with
Shannon Gary Washburn of the Agri-
cultural Education and Communica-
tion department, to help Egyptian
universities deliver high quality
Conducted under a USAID/MUCIA
Agricultural Exports and Rural Initia-
tives (AERI) project, the training
responds to the nation's projected agri-
cultural production needs.
Egypt is faced in the near future with
feeding a rapidly growing population
with limited financial resources to im-
port agricultural commodities. Egypt
hopes to expand its standard of living
by increasing agricultural yields and
The key to doing that effectively is
improving the education universities
provide to their students and client
groups. The three main components of
Ithe trip were:
Establishment of external advisory
committees and student internship
programs; a workshop for deans,
associate deans, and department
heads for horticulture, agricultural
economics, and animal sciences at
Cairo, Fayoum, Assiut, Minia, and
South Valley universities;
Curriculum and teaching develop-
ment and a workshop for faculty
from Assiut, Fayoum and Cairo

Participating countries are Ethiopia,
Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and
Zimbabwe. The course on sorption of
organic chemicals on soils and sedi-
ments attracted twenty participants,
mainly graduate students, represent-
ing every member nation except
These schools have provided a forum


universities; and
A follow-up workshop with faculty
who participated in faculty develop-
ment workshops at Florida and Ohio
State in spring 2005.
Project partners conducting this
training with UF/IFAS are Illinois (lead
partner), Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio
State, and Lincoln universities.
This was the fourth four-day faculty
development workshop in Egypt con-
ducted under this project. More than
sixty Egyptian faculty trained so far
have taken on the new role of
"teaching experts" for their colleges,
improving their status within those
colleges. A long-term project goal is a
trade partnership between the U.S. and
Egypt.+ See full article on web!
CONTACT: Shannon Washburn or
Kirby Barrick,

International travel grants
have been awarded! For a list
of recipients, see the on-line
newsletter at:

for exchange and sharing of research
results within the region and this has
helped in the identification of research
gaps. The summer schools have helped
set research priorities in the region, as
CONTACT: Peter Nkedi-Kizza
See the web for full articles!

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Office of International Programs
University of Florida
Office of the Vice President for Agricultur
and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 110282
Gainesville, FL 32611-0282

International Focus
Linda Evans
Educational Media/
International Focus
Executive Editor
Don Poucher
'Assistant Vice President
Programs Personnel
Roger Natzke
Senior Associate Dean
and Director,
International Programs
SLisette Staal
Assistant Director,
SInternational Programs
Betty Finn

From the bottom of the

world to the top of the
heap... UF/IFAS graduate
wins conservation award
Only 8 years after earning his
Ph.D. from UF/IFAS' Wildlife
Conservation and Ecology department,
Argentinean wildlife conservationist
Andres Novaro has won the Whitley
Award, Britain's highest conservation
award and one of the most respected
environmental conservation awards in
the world.
Novaro, one of eight Whitley Award
recipients chosen worldwide this year,
was honored for his conservation pro-
gram, which is part of the Wildlife
Conservation Society's Patagonian and
Southern Andean Steppe Program.
The award includes a cash prize of
30,000 to support Novaro's program.
Novaro's work is critical in North-
western Patagonia, home to several
extremely rare wildlife species, such as
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Her Royal Highness, The Princess
Royal, made the presentation to Novaro.
choiques (rheas), flightless birds found
only in South America. Habitat dete-
rioration and poaching have reduced
guanaco and rhea populations, which
are fragmented and low density.
The vast majority of arid Patagonia is
in private hands, leaving less than 1%
effectively protected. Home to Argen-
tina's largest oil field, the region has
extensive, abandoned oil exploration
roads, which poachers now use.
Navaro's successful dialogues with
oil companies have closed many such
trails. He is negotiating wildlife corri-
dors linking isolated, protected popu-
lations that will create a 20,000 square
kilometer "mega-landscape" to pre-
serve Patagonia's rare species.

Using this project as a model, Novaro
hopes to expand this concept through-
out Patagonia. To support that effort,
he will be eligible for matching funds
next year. 'CONTACT:
Sarah Miller,

Upcoming Highlights:
To Russia with love,
Extension style!
Searching for bio-control
agents in East Africa
Everglades REC visits
Costa Rica

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