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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

 

ARS Miami, FL research plant geneticist Alan W. Meerow has been honored by having a new species of cycad weevil named after him.  Rhopalotria meerowi Tang and O’Brien was described from samples sent to the first author of the species, obtained from the male cones of a cycad species native to Jamaica.  The weevil is also known only from Jamaica.  Cycads are ancient seed plants related to pine and ginkgo trees, and most are considered threatened or endangered in habitat.  Cycad weevils have an intimate relationship with cycad species, and are the most important pollinating agents of the plants.  Meerow was recognized for his work on the population genetics of the genus Zamia in the Caribbean region, an important source of ornamental plants in Florida.  The new insect was described in the paper “Revision of the New World cycad weevils of the subtribe Allocorynina, with description of two new genera and three new subgenera (Coleoptera: Belidae: Oxycoryninae)” by Charles W. O’Brien and William Tang (Zootaxa 3970 (1): 001–087, 2015).

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:

July 21-22, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Ecologist Jason M. Taylor of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will attend the Arkansas Water Resource Center Annual Research and Watershed Conference in Fayetteville, AR.  Dr. Taylor will present an invited talk entitled “Nutrient Mitigation Potential in Vegetated Ditches: Experimental Exploration of Mechanisms and Caveats.” While in AR, Taylor will also work with collaborators at the University of Arkansas to complete a phosphorus enrichment experiment.

July 23, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Molecular Geneticist Tim Rinehart of the Southern Horticultural Research Unit in Poplarville, MS will attend the Woody Landscape Plant Crop Germplasm Committee Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  The Woody Landscape Plant Crop Germplasm Committee (WLPCGC) is a national working group of specialists providing data, analyses, and recommendations on genetic resources within woody landscape crops of present or future economic importance. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) 60th Annual Research Conference where Dr. Rinehart is an editor for the Plant Breeding and Evaluation Section.

July 21-24, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader/Plant Physiologist Stephen Duke of the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit in Oxford, MS will give a presentation entitled "Herbicide Hormesis - Research Updates and Insight" at the Informa Crops and Chemicals meeting in Raleigh, NC.

July 19-24, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Hydraulic Engineer Eddy Langendoen of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will travel to Queretaro, Mexico.  Dr. Langendoen is invited by the Mexican National Institute of Water Technology to give a plenary presentation research on reservoir sediment management during the Fifth Seminar of Potamology, July 22-24 in Queretaro, Mexico.  July 20-21, Dr. Langendoen will work with a collaborator from the Autonomous Metropolitan University, Lerma, Mexico on continued integration of CONCEPTS bank erosion algorithms in the TELEMAC2D model.

July 22-23, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologist Margaret L. Allen of the Biological Control of Pests Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will give a presentation entitled “A Closer Look at RNAi; Lessons Learned from Insects” at the 3rd  Annual Conference On Biopesticides, one of six conferences “Crops & Chemicals, USA” hosted by Informa Life Sciences in Raleigh, NC .

June 29–July 1, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Plant Pathologist Yulin Jia from the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will participate in the Arkansas P3 Center Annual Research and Training Symposium to be held in Fayetteville, AR.  Dr. Jia will present progress on whole genome sequencing of two field isolates of rice sheath blight disease funded by National Science Foundation through P3 center.

July 14-16, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Biologist Randall Cameron of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL will give a presentation entitled “Continuous process for release of pectic hydrocolloids and phenolics from citrus processing waste: Recovery, characterization and functionality” at the 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, Maryland.

 

July 7-8, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Agronomist and Research Leader Seth Dabney of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will attend the RUSLE2 Team meeting in Memphis, TN.

 

July 7-8, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Physical Scientist Dalmo Vieira of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will attend the RUSLE2 Team meeting in Memphis, TN.

 

July 5-10, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Drs. Eddy Langendoen, Research Hydraulic Engineer and Ronald L. Bingner, Agricultural Engineer of the Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will travel to San Diego, CA to meet with collaborators to discuss watershed research studies in the Tijuana River Watershed.  They will then travel July 7-9, 2015, to Ensenada, Mexico to provide technology transfer of the USDA Agricultural Non-Point Pollution model (AGNPS) at a training workshop in Ensenada.

 

July 9, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader Anna McClung of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart, AR will participate in the annual rice field day held at the Texas Agrilife Rice Research and Extension Center in Beaumont, TX. She is part of a Southern SARE research grant with Texas A&M colleagues and will host a workshop for organic rice growers at the field day.

July 13-15, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Molecular Biologist Benjamin LaFrentz of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, Auburn, AL will present a paper "Controlled laboratory challenge demonstrates substantial additive genetic variation in resistance to Streptococcus iniae in Nile tilapia” at the 2015 American Fisheries Society, Fish Health Section meeting in Ithaca, NY.  Dr. LaFrentz will also participate on the Executive committee of the Fish Health Section.

July 7, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader Annie Donoghue of the Poultry Production and Products Safety Research Center in Fayetteville, AR and Acting Research Leader of the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR will host the Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, a program for middle school science teachers. There will be 45 teachers observing research on livestock and soil science and participating in hands on lab events at the DBSFRC.

July 13-18, 2015:  Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Plant Physiologist Anne Plotto of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL will give a presentation on quality evaluation in fresh cut produce with special emphasis on sensory evaluation at the 3rd International Conference on Fresh-cut Produce being held at the University of California, Davis.

 



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Last Modified: 7/1/2015