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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

News from the Southeast Area

Outreach and Professional Activities:

 

May 4, 2015, ARS staff at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart, AR will host students and teachers from local Arkansas schools for an all-day science fair as part of the Future Scientist Program lead by Dr. Craig Wilson, Texas A&M University. The event will include presentations by the students on agricultural based experiments that they have devised and conducted during the past year.

May 10-13, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Isabel Lima, Research Chemist of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit, New Orleans, LA has been invited to attend the 4th E.S.S.T. (European Society for Sugar Technology), which will take place in Reims, France. She will give a poster presentation on the important recent results of the CRIS research.  This meeting takes place every other year. Europe is an important large producer of refined sugar from sugar beet, extensively grown throughout.  This conference will attract several key players in both the sugar processing industry and research institutions.  Furthermore, the significant component of the current Sugar CRIS project uses sugar beets; therefore it is important to connect to the international experts in sugar beet processing/research.

May 17-20, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Marsha Cole, Research Chemist of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit, New Orleans, LA 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 10-17, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Seth Dabney, Research Agronomist and Research Leader of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will  conduct RUSLE2 training sessions and work with collaborators at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso to adapt the RUSLE2 computer model to work with Chilean conditions at Vina del Mar, Chile.

 

May 4-7, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research soil scientist Ariel Szogi of the Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC will make an invited presentation entitled “Decline of Phosphorus, Copper, and Zinc in Anaerobic Lagoon Columns Receiving Pretreated Influent”, participate on the Scientific Organizing Board, and participate in the 4th International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management (IV SIGERA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

May 4-7, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research soil scientist Matias Vanotti of the Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, SC will make a presentation entitled “Development of Treatment Modules for Capturing Ammonia Emissions from Poultry Manures and Recovering the Nitrogen”, participate on the Scientific Organizing Board, and participate in the 4th International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management (IV SIGERA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

On May 4, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist Michael Jenkins of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will give a lecture on “Persistence and Transport of Manure Pathogens in Soil and Water” for the Veterinary Perspectives on Pathogen Control in Animal Manure course at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

 

On May 11, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), research ecologist Matthew Moore of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit in Oxford, MS will present an update on behalf of the SETAC North America Board of Directors on the state of SETAC North America at the Mid-South Regional Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, in Vicksburg, Mississippi.



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Last Modified: 4/22/2015