Scientists To Receive Technology Transfer Awards Today
By Luis Pons
May 8, 2002
Eleven Agricultural Research Service scientists
will be honored in Little Rock, Ark., today as winners of 2002 Federal
Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
The FLC was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal
Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer
nationwide. Today, more than 700 major federal laboratories and centers, along
with their parent departments and agencies, are FLC members.
During today's ceremony at the Arkansas
Art Center and Museum in Little Rock, FLC awards will be presented to:
- Mark C. Jenkins, research leader,
Epidemiology and Systematics Laboratory, Beltsville, Md. Jenkins' lab
developed therapeutic methods for people and animals afflicted with
cryptosporidiosis, a parasite disease for which there is no known effective
drug treatment. Three biotechnology companies have been licensed to develop
vaccines based on the research from Jenkins' lab.
- Thomas E. Devine, research geneticist,
Systems Laboratory, Beltsville, Md. Devine bred three forage soybean
cultivars for use as livestock feed. The soybean plants grow twice as high as
conventional soybeans and are adapted to different regions of the country.
Devine obtained plant variety protection on the cultivars for ARS, and worked
with the agency's Office of Technology
Transfer in licensing rights to seed production and marketing.
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- Supervisory geneticist William R. Wolters, research molecular biologist
Geoffrey C. Waldbieser, and research geneticist Brian G. Bosworth, all in the
Genetics Research Unit, Stoneville, Miss., and research geneticist Jeffrey
T. Silverstein at the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture
Research, Kearneysville, W.Va. This team developed an improved catfish line
that, because of increased feed consumption and faster growth, should reach
market weight sooner than catfish currently used by the industry. Fish from the
new line have been released to 35 commercial producers in the southeastern
United States. ARS released the new line in cooperation with the
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
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- Microbiologists William J. Hunter, Crops Research Laboratory, Fort Collins,
Colo., and L. David Kuykendall,
Molecular Plant Pathology
Laboratory, Beltsville, Md. Hunter and Kuykendall developed a superior
strain of bacteria used to inoculate soybeans. The new strain improves nitrogen
fixation, crop yield and the amount of organic nitrogen left for succeeding
crops. With the new inoculum, soybean yield increases have averaged about 2.2
bushels per acre.
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- Mark A. Rasmussen and Thomas Casey, microbiologists,
National Animal Disease Center,
Ames, Iowa. Rasmussen and Casey developed a light-based contamination imaging
technology that determines meat carcass and product cleanliness. This system
scans freshly processed meat without making contact and detects contamination
on the carcasses with extremely high sensitivity. Jacob W. Petrich, a professor
at Iowa State University's
Department of Chemistry, is also
receiving an award for this work.
- Dennis Shuman, research electrical engineer,
and Bioregulation Research Unit, Gainesville, Fla. Shuman formed the EGPIC
(Electronic Grain Probe Insect Counter) Working Group to further validate the
performance of an insect infestation remote-detection system he developed for
bulk-stored commodities. A company has now licensed the patented technology
related to EGPIC.
ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.