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Agricultural Research Service

News from the Southeast Area

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May 8, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader, Annie Donoghue, Microbiologist, Geraldine Huff, Soil Scientist, Philip Moore, and Physiologist, Narayan Rath at the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit in Fayetteville, AR will host a “Presentation Day” for Science Teachers that attended the Future Scientist’s Program held there in 2014.  Fifteen teachers from across Arkansas are expected to attend and each are invited to bring 4 or 5 of their students. The students will present research reports on corn earworm projects they worked on this past year. The unit scientists will answer questions about their work and will host hands-on science activities for the students in the afternoon.

 

May 18-22, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Plant Physiologist, David Gealy at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart, AR will attend a workshop hosted by Dr. Argelia Lorence with the Arkansas State University Plant High Throughput Phenotyping Facility/ Plant Imaging Consortium at Jonesboro, AR.  Precise measurements of plant architecture of diverse rice inbred lines from a genetic mapping population developed at Stuttgart will be determined along with training on data processing and analysis. The goal is to use this technology in gene mapping of plant traits associated with higher yield and weed suppression.   

 

May 20-21, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Chemist Rolfe Bryant of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will attend the Industry Alliance Meeting in Fayetteville, AR which will be hosted by the University of Arkansas Food Science Department Rice Processing Program.

 

May 18-19, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Hydraulic Engineer, Eddy Langendoen of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will participate in the American Society of Civil Engineers - Journal of Hydraulic Engineering Associate Editor Meeting and serve as a panelist on the “Cohesive Scour Measurements” Panel Discussion during the 2015 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Austin, TX.

 

May 20, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Ecologist, Jason Taylor of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will present a poster on “Vegetation effects on nitrate uptake and removal via denitrification in ditch mesocosms” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  It is open to the media. Dr. Taylor will also participate in the society’s Science and Policy committee meeting while at the conference.

 

May 17-20, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Marsha Cole has been invited to attend the International Sugar Industry Technologists (SIT) meeting in Osaka, Japan to receive the 2014 George and Eleanor Meade Best Paper International Award and to present the paper titled: “Battle of the Starches: Insoluble versus Soluble at the Refinery.”  Starch in both insoluble and soluble forms in sugarcane and its control in the factory by amylase enzymes, had been identified as a major problem in sugarcane processing.

 

May 17-21, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Gillian Eggleston has been invited to attend the International Sugar Industry Technologists (SIT) meeting in Osaka, Japan to receive the 2014 George and Eleanor Meade Best Paper International Award and to present the paper titled “Re-examining the Applications of Amylase at the Factory: Conquering the Control of Insoluble and Soluble Starch” and co-present another paper titled: “Battle of the Starches: Insoluble versus Soluble Starch at the Refinery.”  Both presentations are new concepts to the sugar industry and help to solve problems that occur world-wide.  Attending the conference will allow Dr. Eggleston to gain important feedback on these concepts and also interact with Material Transfer Agreement partners Amano Enzymes, Inc. that are located in Japan.

 

May 14-15, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Gillian Eggleston is invited to be Key Note speaker at the Carbo SoIutions International Sugar Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. She has been asked to discuss sugarcane starch issues and how activated carbon can be used to remove both insoluble starch granules and residual amylase.  As sweet sorghum is grown in Thailand, Dr. Eggleston has also been asked to discuss USDA research on sweet sorghum for the manufacture of biofuels and bioproducts.  Both presentations will introduce new concepts to the sugar and sweet sorghum industries, and help to solve problems that occur world-wide.  Attending the conference will allow Dr. Eggleston to gain important feedback on these concepts.

 



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