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News from the Southeast Area

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

 

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:

June 30, 2015, the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center and the Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center located in Stuttgart, AR will host an outreach event for high school students that are participating in a summer program operated by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (1890 University). The purpose of the program is to encourage high school students to consider careers in agricultural science. The students will tour both facilities and will participate in some hands-on activities to learn about DNA extraction methods and chemical analysis of cereal grains.

 

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.

 

June 26, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Horticulturist Donna Marshall-Shaw of the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS will be hosting the Administrative Assistants to the deans and directors of Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University for a tour of the laboratory and greenhouse facilities.

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.

 

June 30, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader Anna McClung from the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart, AR and staff will host high school students that are a part of an outreach program run by the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. The program is designed to interest students in careers in science and agriculture. They will participate in hands on lab events at DBNRRC and tour the University of Arkansas Rice Research Center and Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart National Aquaculture Center.

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: 6/25/2015