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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

August 13, 2014

Weekly Report

Research, Education, and Economics


Under Secretary Catherine Woteki                             Report Date:  Aug 25-Sept 5, 2014


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ARS researchers Benjamin LaFrentz and Dehai Xu of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, Auburn, AL will be presenting papers at the 7th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health, August 31 – September 5, 2014, in Portland, OR.  Dr. LaFrentz will be presenting a paper entitled “Intragenomic heterogeneity in the 16S rRNA genes of Flavobacterium columnare and standard protocol for genomovar assignment” on September 1, at 4:45 p.m. in the General Sessions – Bacteria III. He also was asked to make a second presentation entitled “Is there a genetic correlation between the resistance of channel catfish to Edwardsiella ictaluri and Flavobacterium columnare, and how do we get there?”  This presentation will be part of a Special Session – Selective Breeding for Disease Resistance: Lab and Field Studies on September 1, at 4:00 p.m.  Dr. Dehai Xu will make an oral presentation entitled “Naturally infected catfish concurrently transmit Ichthyophthirius multifiliis and Edwardsiella ictaluri to naïve catfish” at the Aquaculture/Hatchery General Session, September 3, at 4:30 p.m. The International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health are held every four years since the first meeting in Vancouver in 1988.  The symposium is a great opportunity to interact with fellow aquatic animal health professionals from around the world. There will be more than 30 companies that will showcase their latest products and services. The meeting is sponsored by the American Fisheries Society along with Oregon State University, Sea Grant, Pacific Northwest Fish Health Protection Committee, Atlantic Veterinary College, Skretting, Marine Harvest, Clear Spring Foods and Veterinary Laboratory Association.


ARS researcher Isabel Lima, Commodity Utilization Research Unit, New Orleans, La will be attending a conference on Sugar Processing Research in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 31-September 3, 2014.  Dr. Lima will be representing USDA as a presenter and researcher, highlighting the most recent research achievements, as well as, mark a presence that continues to demonstrate the impact that the Sugar CRIS project has made and continues to make in the sugar industry both nationally and internationally over the years.  The presentation, “Use of Activated Carbons to Remove Undesirable Residual Amylase from Factory and Refinery Streams” will highlight results that are listed in the first objective of the new project plan that is to: “develop commercially-viable technologies that reduce or eliminate undesirable effects of starch and color on sugar processing/refining efficiency and end-product quality.”

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Last Modified: 8/13/2014