Embrapa's Virtual Laboratory Abroad began in the United Status in 1998. The opportunity was made possible by a cooperation agreement with the Agriculture Research Service (ARS), with funding from the PRODETAB (Support Project for the Development of Agricultural Technology to Brazil), through a loan taken from the World Bank.

With more than 2,200 scientists, ARS is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) institute for agricultural research. Its goal is to solve agricultural problems in the country and provide access and dissemination of information to: ensure high-quality food and food security; assess the nutritional needs of Americans; sustain a competitive agricultural economy; enhance the natural resource and environmental base; and provide economic opportunities for rural workers, communities and society as a whole.

Since 1998, several of Embrapa's researchers have been posted at Labex United States and have conducted research jointly with American researchers in areas such as breeding and genetic resources, animal health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, climate change, among others.

Embrapa has received senior researchers from ARS and the USDA Forest Service to develop projects of mutual interest, activities that have been planned since the program's inception.

Lines of research


  • Genetic resources
  • Plant-pathogen interaction


  • Management of soil resources
  • Biotechnology - drought resistance
  • Animal health
  • Precision agriculture
  • Integrated management of plant pests and diseases
  • Intellectual property and biotechnology
  • Integrated management of animal pests and diseases
  • Modelling of animal production systems
  • New uses for agricultural products
  • Climate change
  • Genetic improvement and biotechnology
  • Food security
  • Nanotechnology
  • Agroenergy
  • Forest research management 




Location and contact

Geraldo Bueno Martha Júnior
Office of International Research Programs (OIRP)
USDA - Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Bldg 4-1193
Beltsville, MD 20705 - USA
Telefone: +1-(301)-504-4556 and (240)-470-5967


Marcio Elias Ferreira
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
USDA - Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Bldg. 006  Rm. 200
10300 Baltimore Ave,
Beltsville, MD 20705, USA