ARS Announces Technology Transfer Winners
Wood February 10, 2005
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10Scientists with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) were honored
Wednesday by their agency for moving a variety of technologies from the
laboratory to the marketplace, farm fields, orchards and even backyard gardens,
including techniques for controlling fruit flies and development of a new
sandwich spread made from roasted sunflower seeds. ARS is USDA's chief
scientific research agency.
The awards were presented at ARS' annual national awards ceremony at
USDA headquarters here.
Eric Jang (right) with Stuart
Stein of APHIS.
Dennis Gonsalves (left) and
An award for "Outstanding Efforts in Technology Transfer" went to
Hawaii-based ARS scientists and their federal and state colleagues for
development and dissemination of science-based, environmentally friendly
technologies for controlling oriental and Mediterranean fruit fly and other
invasive species of tropical fruit flies.
The ARS winners were entomologists
I. Vargas and
Jang and plant pathologist
Gonsalves at the agency's
Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center at Hilo, Hawaii, and ARS
O. Calkins, formerly at Wapato, Wash., and
M. Faust, formerly at Beltsville, Md. The other team members were Ronald
Mau of the University of Hawaii at
Manoa; Stuart H. Stein of USDA's Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Lyle Wong of the
Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
"Growers and hobbyist gardeners who are trying out these fruit fly
control tactics are harvesting unblemished guavas, loquats and other
top-quality produce for local and export markets," said ARS Administrator
Edward B. Knipling.
Isabel Lima and Harmeet Guraya developed a spread that
could be a "sunny" alternative to peanut butter.
M. Lima and food technologist
S. Guraya, both at the ARS
Regional Research Center in New Orleans, La., also won an "Outstanding
Efforts in Technology Transfer" award for developing a sunflower-seed spread
that offers a flavorful option for children and adults who are allergic to
Nutritionist Vincent de Jesus was a co-winner of a
tech-transfer award along with several colleagues from the
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Rojas and Juan A. Morales-Ramos.
Left to right: Tommy Wheeler, Steven Shackelford and Mohammad
"This sunflower-based product also makes a healthful and delicious
addition to yogurt, ice cream, health bars, filled pretzels and other foods,"
Lima and Guraya collaborated on development of the spread with Red
River Commodities, Inc., of Fargo, N.D., whose SunGold Foods division now
offers a line of sunflower-seed-based
ARS experts honored for "Superior Efforts in Technology Transfer"
- Plant pathologist
Horticultural Research Laboratory, Ft. Pierce, Fla., for leadership in
developing and applying new, cost-saving technologies to control the spread of
plant diseases such as citrus canker and plum pox.
P. de Jesus,
E. Lemar and
G. Thomas, who worked with HealtheTech, Inc., of Golden, Colo., to
composition database easy to download and search using either a Personal
Digital Assistant or personal computer.
Guadalupe Rojas and
A. Morales-Ramos, both at the Jamie
Whitten Delta States Research Center, Stoneville, Miss., for collaborations
with Ensystex, Inc., of Fayetteville,
N.C., and Waterbury Companies, Inc., of
Waterbury, Conn., to formulate effective new baits to kill insect pests
including Formosan subterranean termites, red imported fire ants and other
pests that can cause millions of dollars worth of damage every year.
- Animal physiologist
Koohmaraie and food technologists
D. Shackelford and
L. Wheeler at the
Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb., for working with what is
now Tyson Foods, Inc., of Dakota Dunes,
S.D., to help meatpackers use the center's leading-edge system for objectively
analyzing beef carcass leanness.