Stressor and Drivers of Food Security: Evidence from Scientific Collections

From September 19 to 21, curators and researchers across collections and disciplines met at USDA's National Agricultural Library to discuss the topic of food security and how collections enhance its research.


  1. Participants from across disciplines and collections gathered in Beltsville, Md., from Sept. 19 through 21. Beyond keynote addresses, lightning talks and panels, participants engaged in discussions about new strategies and action items to increase the impact of scientific collections for food security research.
  2. Keynote speakers David Inouye, professor emeritus from the University of Maryland and principal investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and Kristen Gremillion, professor at Ohio State University, spoke to a group of approximately 50 individuals. Inouye spoke on how collections and field studies of pollinators contribute to food security research. Gremillion highlighted archaeological collections' role in aiding food security.
  3. Inouye and Gremillion's work was also featured on the blog, run by our group, Scientific Collections International.
  4. To finish the first day, various individuals from across agencies and disciplines presented the best way to use their repositories and specimens.