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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

News from the Southeast Area

Outreach and Professional Activities:

 

On March – April 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research chemist Sophie Uchimiya of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA collaborated with Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY and Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY on synchrotron-based 3D microtomography imaging of agricultural wastes and value added products.  The research will be featured in the March/April cover of Energy & Fuels, a leading technical journal in the field of bioenergy and fuel chemistry.

 

On March 24 – 31, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Lilia deGuzman of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, Baton Rouge, LA will be a keynote speaker and provide technical assistance to manage Bee Pest and Diseases at BEENET conference hosted by the University of Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines.

 

On March 30 – April 3, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Philip A. Moore, Jr. of the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit in Bentonville, AR will present "Using alum mud as a manure amendment" at the 2015 Waste to Worth – Advancing Sustainability in Animal Agriculture Conference in Seattle, WA.

 

On March 30, 2015 – April 03, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Martin Locke, and research ecologist Jason Taylor of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will attend a Long Term Agricultural Research (LTAR) workshop in Beltsville, MD.

 

On March 30 – April 03, 2015, Agriculture Research Service (ARS) research microbiologist John Brooks of the Genetics and Precision Agriculture Unit (GPARU) in Mississippi State, MS will present “The effect of broiler litter, swine effluent, and municipal biosolids land application on small plot pathogen, antibiotic resistance, and nutrient levels” coauthored by GPARU scientists Michael McLaughlin, Ardeshir Adeli, and John Read at the Waste to Worth 2015 in Seattle, WA.  John Read will also co-chair two sessions entitled “Pathogens and Pharmaceuticals” with ARS research microbiologist Kim Cook. 

 

On March 31 – April 01, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agronomist Melanie Harrison of the Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit in Griffin, GA will present an invited paper “Grass germplasm conservation” at the 69th Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Conference in Apalachicola, FL.

 

On March 31 – April 01, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research leader and supervisory geneticist Gary Pederson of the Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit in Griffin, GA will participate as an ex-officio member in the USDA National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) meeting in Beltsville, MD.

 

April 06 – 07, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) hydrologist Glenn Wilson of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will present a paper entitled "Soil erosion in response to land management changes and soil hydropoedology” at the Mississippi Water Resources Association Conference in Jackson, MS.

 

On April 07 – 08, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Martin Locke of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will present “Tillage and cover crop effects on runoff water and soil quality” at the Mississippi Water Resources Conference in Jackson, MS.  Dr. Locke is also a co-author of “USDA-ARS Long-term Agroecosystem Research Network:  A new initiative for long-term monitoring, research, and collaboration in the lower Mississippi river basin” and “Evaluating analytic and risk assessment tools in agricultural fields of Mississippi” and will speak at the Mississippi Water Resources Conference in Jackson, MS. 

 

On April 07, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) hydrologist Michele Reba of the Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will attend and judge at "Create@State”, an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Arkansas State University to present original work in a professional setting in Jonesboro, AR. 

 

On April 07-09, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist Anna McClung of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will present an update on research conducted on the collaborative research project with Cornell University, entitled "Characterization of Genomic Signatures for Rice Crop Resilience in Response to Climate Change in the US" at the 2015 USDA NIFA Climate Change Project Directors Meeting in Washington, DC.

 

On April 08, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) hydrologist Michele Reba of the Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will host Craig Goodwin of NRCS National Water Quality Specialist in Washington, DC and Karma Anderson of the Water Quality Specialist from Portland, OR for a field tour of edge-of-field sampling sites that are jointly monitored by USDA-ARS and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.

 

On April 08, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist Arthur Hinton, Jr. of the Poultry Microbiological Safety and Processing Unit in Athens, GA will present a lecture entitled “The role of federal agencies in maintaining food safety” in the Department of Pathobiology at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL.

 

On April 08 – 10, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist David Shapiro-Ilan of the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, GA will present “An insect pupal cell with antimicrobial properties that suppress an entomopathogenic fungus” at the annual meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society in Jekyll Island, GA.  Additional, visiting scientists from Shapiro-Ilan’s laboratory will present collaborative papers at the meeting:  Dr. Selcuk Hazir (from Turkey) will present “Multifaceted tri-trophic effects of host plants on entomopathogenic nematodes” and Dr. Luis Leite (from Brazil) will present “The effects of media density and nutrient concentration on liquid fermentation of entomopathogenic nematodes.”

 

On April 08 – 10, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Ted Cottrell of the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory, Byron, GA will present “Can crape myrtle banker plants be used to manage aphids attacking pecan?” at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society at Jekyll Island, GA.

 

On April 10, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) ecologist Matt Moore of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will be a category judge for the Mississippi Region VII science fair to be held on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, MS.

 

On April 12 – 15, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Lilia deGuzman, Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, Baton Rouge, LA will provide technical assistance in the field assessment of small hive problem in the Philippines at the University of Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines.

 

On April 22, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant physiologist Smita Raithore of the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, FL will present “Complexity of off flavor in orange juice made from fruit affected by the Huanglongbing Disease” at the 37th AChemS Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL.

 



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Last Modified: 3/18/2015