The research efforts within CAMTech link the efforts of industry and academia toward effective management of arthropod pests, serving as an incubator for novel technologies. CAMTech provides the basic research foundation necessary for the applied goals of industry and extends the utility of current management practices. The goals of CAMTech are to
(i) Conduct pre-competitive research and transfer knowledge to industrial partners for in house development
(ii) Optimize and extend the versatility of current technologies
(iii) Train undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars for potential future employment within industry.
The NSF I/UCRC currently includes two university sites and administrators:
- Iowa State University (lead institution); Dr. Bryony Bonning, Center Director
- University of Kentucky; Dr. S. Reddy Palli, Co-Director
Members may be drawn from industry, commodity boards, and government agencies.
- Membership is $50,000 per year.
- The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), comprised of one voting member from each participating company, provides input on research priorities and recommends projects for funding.
- IAB members convene twice a year, once to review research progress and once to review and rank new project proposals.
The University Policy Committee (UPC) provides advice and feedback on operations, policy and research issues and liaises between the university’s academic core and the Center Director and Responsible University Official, Dean Wendy Wintersteen. The UPC is comprised of five administrators, faculty, and staff at Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky.
Intellectual property: Research conducted within CAMTech is pre-competitive in nature. However, in the event that patentable technology is developed during the I/UCRC funding period, the IP is shared among members, royalty free. If one company wishes to be the sole funder of a particular project, spin-off projects with exclusive licensing agreements can be established.
Pipeline for trained personnel: In addition to the clear benefits associated with pooling of combined expertise and skill sets toward the development of novel pest management methods, the center will serve as a source of trained personnel for industry. The NSF currently funds some 60 centers with approximately one-third of trainees gaining employment within member companies.
An interdisciplinary research team of faculty members has been assembled at Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky. The areas of expertise within the group range from physiology, biochemistry, toxicology, and virology, to molecular biology, pest management, and plant science. State of the art technologies such as next-generation sequencing, RNA interference, small RNA analysis, high throughput screening, functional genomics and proteomics are used by the team members. Faculty members at both sites have ready access to outstanding biotechnology and bioinformatics facilities (see ISU Service Facilities for Research in Biotechnology, UKy Core Facilities & Research Resources, and UKy Advanced Genetic Technologies Center).