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News from the Southeast Area

"How to Play with Bugs....and Get Paid for it"


On May 11, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research entomologist Carey Minteer, of the Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in Fort Lauderdale, FL, presented "How to Play with Bugs....and Get Paid for it" for 110 5th grade science students at Monitor Elementary School in Springdale, AR. Carey presented information about the diversity of scientists, careers in science/entomology, and how to prepare for a career in science. Carey's presentation was part of a month-long presentation series that features scientists from multiple disciplines that will end in students making their own presentations about careers in science.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Program held in Stoneville, MS

May 7, 2015, Dr. Simon Liu, Associate Administrator, ARS, was the Keynote Speaker at the Asian-Pacific Heritage Program held in Stoneville, MS.  A Listening Session was held after the program and then those who attended enjoyed a sampling of Asian American food.


Picture of Dr. Simon Liu


Agency Accomplishments


Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Sylvie Quiniou, Brian Bosworth, Nagaraj Chatakondi, and Danny Oberle of the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS, received the Robert L. Kendall Award for the Best Paper of 2014 in the North American Journal of Aquaculture for their article “Evaluation of a gonadotropin releasing hormone analog of cGnRH II as a spawning aid for channel catfish versus analogs of mGnRH I and sGnRH III.”

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Craig Tucker and Les Torrans of the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS, received the World Aquaculture Society’s 2014 Best Paper in World Aquaculture for their article “Partitioned pond aquaculture systems.”

Outreach and Professional Activities:


May 26-27, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Geneticists Georgia Eizenga and Shannon Pinson of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will attend the annual Board of Directors meeting for the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) meeting in Madison, WI.   Dr. Eizenga represents the Crop Breeding and Genetics division and Dr. Pinson represents the Biomedical, Health Beneficial, and Nutritionally Enhanced Plants division of CSSA.

May 30 – June 2, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Microbiologist Michael Jenkins, of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will present a poster on “Impact of Seven Years of Glyphosate Resistant Corn and Glyphosate Applications under Conventional and Reduced Tillage on Bulk and Rhizosphere Soil Exoenzyme Activities and Corn Root Endophytic Microbial Communities” at the American Society for Microbiology 115th General Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.


June 01-06, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologist, Bob Danka of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge, LA will host three representatives of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the French technical and scientific institute of beekeeping and pollination (ITSAP).  The objectives of the visit are to exchange information about techniques related to selecting honey bees for resistance to Varroa mites, and to provide germplasm of Varroa-resistant bees that the scientists will import to France.


June 4, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research entomologist David Shapiro-Ilan of the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, GA will present an invited paper “Enhancing the Use of Entomopathogenic Nematodes in Microbial Control Programs” for the Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.


June 1 – 5, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Geneticist, Anna Hale at the Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, LA will attend the 11th International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists’ Germplasm and Breeding and 8th Molecular Biology Workshop at Reunion Island. Topics of discussion at the conference will include a wide range of topics related to sugar cane improvement, sugarcane genetics, genome structure, molecular breeding, and transgenic approaches. Dr. Hale will give a presentation on yield stability in genotypes derived from the USDA ARS Basic Breeding Program in Houma. 

June 5, 2015, ARS researchers at the Sugarcane Research Unit (SRU), Houma, LA will co-host the annual USDA-LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day at the Ardoyne Research Farm in Schriever, LA.  The sugarcane field tour will begin with opening remarks from Dr. Michael Grisham, followed by several presentations at stops along the way. The support/technical staff of the Sugarcane Research Unit also plays an important role in the success of this annual event. Approximately 100 people are expected to attend, including SRU employees, local farmers, and extension/sugar industry personnel. (This event is open to the public

June 7-11, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Agronomist John Read of the Genetics and Precision Agriculture Research Unit at Mississippi State, MS will present two posters on “Effects of Organic and Inorganic Amendments on Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in a Reclaimed Coal Mine Soil” and “Animal Waste and Flue-gas Desulfurized Gypsum Effects on Bermudagrass and Soil Leachate Nutrient Contents” at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation in Lexington, Kentucky.

June 9-11, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader Rick Byler and Research Physical Scientist Bobby Hardin from the Cotton Ginning Research Unit, Stoneville, MS and Tommy Valco of the Office of Technology Transfer will host, coordinate sessions, and instruct students at the Stoneville Ginners School sponsored by the National Cotton Ginners Association. Over 20 instructors from industry, other ARS locations, and universities are expecting to teach over 100 students from across the cotton growing belt about the proper operation and management of cotton ginning.

June 9, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Plant Physiologist David Gealy of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will meet with the team of the Global Research Alliance for Climate Change (GRA) in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Gealy recently joined the GRA team as its U.S. representative for rice.

June 10, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Plant Physiologist David Gealy of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will serve as a judge at the Meekins Middle School Science Fair in Stuttgart, AR.  Dr. Gealy will evaluate posters that the middle school students have prepared describing their science project accomplishments.

June 4-6, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Horticulturalist Donna Marshall-Shaw from the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS will receive a first place award in the Outstanding Project submission (small membership category) for the state-level Mississippi Master Gardeners. Dr. Marshall-Shaw has worked with the local chapter of the Mississippi Master Gardeners on a project “Blueberries: Native Plants for Landscapes.”   She has given several talks to the group on blueberries and how to utilize them in landscapes for human and wildlife consumption as well as given demonstrations on planting. This local group has done outstanding work educating the public. The awards ceremony will be held at the State Conference in Senatobia, MS.


ARS News Articles

A New Vaccine to Fight Poultry Diseases
Mar 20, 2015
A New Spanish Peanut Variety for Consumers, Growers
Feb 24, 2015
Killing Fish Egg Fungus with a Disinfectant
Feb 18, 2015
USDA Research Yields Cotton Resistant to Top 20 Ag Threat
Feb 12, 2015
ARS Study Shows No Damage to Soils from Grazing of Cover Crops
Feb 11, 2015
Last Modified: 5/21/2015