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As California producers are suffering through their fourth year of an historic drought, the ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) and Water Management Research Unit, Parlier, CA, are organizing a workshop on “Water Management Strategies for Perennial Crops with Limited and Impaired Water Supplies”. The workshop, organized in response to an Israeli offer to share their water management expertise, will be held in Modesto California January 12-13, 2016. Speakers include U.S., Israeli, and Australian researchers and experts. Up to 300 attendees are expected, comprised of perennial crop producers, (e.g. table grapes, raisins, wine grapes, almonds, citrus, and pome fruit), university and water and irrigation industry representatives. This is a how-to event, providing practical recommendations for water management during drought, and for using impaired-quality water.
ARS Administrator Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young presents Certificates of Appreciation for contributions to the ARS - USAID Feed the Future Grain Legumes Project at the Common Bean Disease Workshop on Angular Leaf Spot and Root Rots July 2015 in Skukuza South Africa. Pictured L - R, Dr. Jacobs-Young, Dr. Deidre Fourie, Plant Pathologist ARC South Africa, Dr. Susan Nchimbi-Msolla, Plant Breeder and Geneticist Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania, and Dr. Consuelo Esteves de Jensen, Plant Pathologist, University of Puerto Rico.
ARS is a breeding ground for new science and scientists. Massaro Ueti, Research Medical Veterinary Officer and Don Knowles, Research Leader at the USDA-Animal Disease Research Unit in Pullman, Washington, mentored two high school students, Hannah Guillien and Isabella Vacca, on a novel tick biology experiment that landed among the top 15 Animal Science projects in a national competition. The girls used a new tick in vitro feeding system developed by Ueti and Knowles to test if the natural herb, lavender repelled ticks. The artificial tick feeder provides a more controlled environment for research than animal models. The girl's lavender tests showed the herb was an effective tick repellent, and safer than chemicals. Along the way, the students inspired Ueti to improve the tick feeding system by using and perfecting more natural membranes.
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