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Recent exchanges of visits have occurred with officials from the state of Penambuco, where Recife is the capitol city. Auburn University programs taught in English are a central objective of these discussions. In November of 2009, Drs. Ken Mc Nabb and George Crandell visited with administrators and faculty members at the University of Sao Paulo, the State University of Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Aeronautical Institute, the Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and the Federal University of Parana. In each case, contacts were made with university administrators and the possibility of academic interchange was discussed. At least one International Academic Interchange Agreement was established and another is in process. Auburn already has a signed agreement with the University of Sao Paulo and the College of Agriculture took the lead in this endeavor. With faculty support, more agreements and programs could be established. McNabb and Crandell also visited the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education, which helps fund Brazilian international travel and study.
Dr. Scott McElroy in the Department of Agronomy and Soils is in communication with Dr. Dagoberto Martins, weed scientist at UNESP in Botucatu, on potential weed science research projects. Leonildo Cardoso, a Ph.D. student with Dr. Martins, recently visited for eight months on an AU research project. Cardoso conducted research on herbicide drift onto cotton plants and their negative effect on cotton growth. Dr. McElroy visited Brazil during March 2010 to discuss potential research projects with Dr. Martins.
Labex, a Portuguese term for "Virtual Lab," was initially proposed by Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA; Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research), a state-owned company affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture that focuses on agricultural research. Labex is so named because the program is a laboratory that exists only as a concept, without any lab buildings of its own.
EMBRAPA's Labex program presents a potential collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures that promises a range of agricultural benefits for both parties. Central to the program is bringing Brazilian scientists to Auburn laboratories for two- to three-year terms and pairing them with appropriate AU partners. Unlike many cooperative programs that focus on post-doctoral training, the Brazilian researchers in this program are all senior scientists. Labex also encourages other formal and informal exchanges between scientists. It is anticipated that aquacultural researchers from Brazil will be making extended visits to Auburn in the coming year.
Dr. William A. Dozier III of the Department of Poultry Science is working with colleagues at Department de Zootecnia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. The focus of their work is on nutritional needs of broiler chickens. Future plans for the collaboration include joint research. Future exchanges may include study abroad program for undergraduates, graduate students and guest lecturing.
Last Updated: September 20, 2011