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First Wednesday Lunchtime Seminar
There will be no First Wednesday Seminar for July 2017.
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Staff at the agricultural research station get together on a monthly basis to talk research findings, issues, ideas, and aspirations. We meet the first Wednesday of every month, from 12:05 to maybe 1pm, in the conference room, 48037 Tubbs Ranch Rd, Adams OR. It is informal, everyone is welcome, and you can leave whenever you need to.
If you would like to receive e-mail correspondence about the First Wednesday Discussions, please e-mail Brenda Carlson (Brenda.Carlson@ars.usda.gov).
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- On May 10th Stewart Wuest presented the results of ten years of research on evaporation from summer fallow soils to 15 ARS and OSU staff and 6 producers/retirees. While it seems obvious that we lose water over the hot, dry summer, the actual patterns and amounts of loss are somewhat surprising when living plants are absent. Tillage and residue can alter evaporation, but not as much as you might think. Still, tillage and residue can be manipulated to achieve specific goals important to our cropping systems.
The Microbiology Program at the USDA-ARS unit in Pendleton, OR hosted two workshops at the Expanding your Horizons conference in Pasco, WA on March 25, 2017. Expanding your Horizons is a nationwide network introducing and engaging middle-school girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Ann Klein presented a workshop titled “Taste Test: Can Microbes Tell the Difference?” in which the girls determined whether baker’s yeast had a preference for different sweetners (sugar, aspartame, stevia) by measuring carbon dioxide production. Kate Reardon and Caroline Melle presented a workshop titled “Nematodes Alive!” where the girls viewed nematodes under the microscope and tried to determine whether they feed on plants (plant pathogens) or microbes based on their mouths. Each workshop was attended by approximately 20 girls from the Mid-Columbia region.
Scientists from ARS visited their neighbors at the Department of Natural Resources on the Confederated Tribes at the Umatilla Indian Reservation. We had a chance to interact with CTUIR researchers, explore the myriad active projects, and gain a better understanding of the Department’s management approach for First Foods. March 2, 2017.
For the First Wednesday Seminar series on Feb 1, 2017, Ann Klein presented a talk titled “Effects of land use change on soil microbial communities: lessons from methane-cycling organisms in the Amazon Basin.” The talk was attended by 18 staff and producers.
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