WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture has released its VIVO research networking Web application to the public. The app is a tool used by USDA scientists working across the United States to network across disciplines and locations.

USDA scientists have been using VIVO since 2012. VIVO helps scientists easily locate others with a particular expertise and respond to emerging agricultural issues such as specific plant and animal diseases or pests.

"USDA employs over 5,000 researchers to ensure our programs are based on sound public policy and the best available science," said USDA Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics Dr. Catherine Woteki. "USDA VIVOprovides a powerful Web search tool for connecting interdisciplinary researchers, research projects and outcomes with others who might bring a different approach or scope to a research project. Inviting private citizens to use the system will increase the potential for collaboration to solve food- and agriculture-related problems."

VIVO was in part developed under a $12.2 million grant from the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).