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Dr. Agnes Rimando of the USDA, ARS, Natural Products Utilization Research Unit in Oxford, MS will be awarded the Kenneth A. Spencer Award, the most prestigious award of the American Chemical Society for agricultural and food chemistry.  The award will be bestowed at the 2016 Spencer Award Banquet in Kansas City, KS in September, 2016, and she will be further recognized by an Awards Symposium at the national ACS meeting in Philadelphia in August, 2016. She is most recognized for her discovery of the health benefits of pterostilbene in the food supply.

 

Dr. Peter Balint-Kurti of the USDA, ARS, Plant Science Research Unit, Raleigh, NC will be the 2016 recipient of the Ruth Allen Award from the American Phytopathological Society.  The Ruth Allen Award honors individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative research contribution that has changed, or has the potential to change, the direction of research in any field of plant pathology.  It is a major award of APS.  The award will be presented to Dr. Balint-Kurti at the APS Annual Meeting, July 30-August 3, in Tampa, FL.

 

Important Events for the Upcoming Week:

 

September 29, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Ecologist, Jason M. Taylor, Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will host Dr. Bryan Brooks at the National Sedimentation Lab. Dr. Brooks is a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Baylor University, Waco, TX. During his visit, Dr. Brooks will interact with researchers in the unit, discuss potential collaborations, and present a seminar entitled “Perspectives on Harmful Algal Blooms in Inland Waters and Water Quality Assessment.”

 

Press Releases:

Kari Hugie and her research at the Pee Dee Center was featured in an article in the Southeast Farm Press Magazine.  Kari is a Post doc, Research Geneticist at the Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Res. Center in Florence, SC, and works with Dr. Todd Campbell.  You can read the entire article at the below link:

http://southeastfarmpress.com/cotton/historic-flood-still-lingers-over-south-carolina-cotton

 

Outreach and Professional Activities:

September 22, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) The U. S. National Poultry Research Center (USNPRC) in Athens, GA will hold a Stakeholder Committee meeting at the Russell Research Center in Athens. USNPRC scientists will provide updates to stakeholders on research conducted at the USNPRC since the last Stakeholder meeting in 2013. The meeting will also serve as an opportunity for Stakeholders Committee members from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies to offer input on future directions for research at USNPRC.

Sept. 24, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Molecular Biologist, Michael Simone-Finstrom from the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA will attend the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, North American Section International Colloquium in Orlando, FL.

Sept 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologists, Robert Danka, Lilia de Guzman, Frank Rinkevich, and Anita Bourgeois and Research Molecular Biologist Michael Simone-Finstrom, from the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory, Baton Rouge, LA will attend the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) 2016 Conference in Orlando, FL.

September 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologists, Nathan Little, Randall G. Luttrell, K. Clint Allen, Omaththage Perera, and Katherine Parys of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Effectiveness of microbial and chemical insecticides for controlling heliothines on Bt cotton” at the International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, FL.

September 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologist, Maribel Portilla, Research Leader Randall G. Luttrell, Research Associate Bryce Blackman, and Research Entomologist Katherine Parys of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Natural incidence of biological control agents on TPB from wild host in the Delta” at the International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, FL.

September 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader, Randall G. Luttrell, Research Entomologist Nathan Little, Biological Science Technicians Michelle Mullen, Kenya Dixon, Chad Roberts, Research Entomologists Clint Allen, and Omaththage Perera of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Challenges and options for tracking susceptibility of Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) and Heliothis virescens (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to transgenic crops expressing toxins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis” at the International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, FL.

September 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologists, K. Clint Allen, Nathan Little, and Biological Science Technician Lou Andrews of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Environmental influences impacting leg coloration of Chrysodeixis includens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) larvae” at the International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, FL.

September 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologist Omaththage Perera and Research Leader Randall G. Luttrell of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Comparative analysis of genome level changes in Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) over two decades” at the International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, FL.

September 25-30, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologists Gordon Snodgrass and Katherine Parys of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Influence of four fall host plants on overwintering populations of Lygus lineolaris” at the International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, FL

September 28-29, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Lead Scientist, Gillian Eggleston of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit, Southern Regional Research Center, New Orleans, LA, will attend a one-day, invitational-only forum entitled "Addressing the Challenges & Opportunities of Advancing the Billion Ton Bioeconomy” at the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Eggleston has also been invited to attend a second Bioeconomy forum at Mineral Wells in Texas to represent the Center and Area locations.

September 20, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and staff from the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart, AR will celebrate National Rice Month with the 120 4th graders at the Park Avenue Elementary school.  Dr. Shannon Pinson will supervise activities that demonstrate the importance of agriculture to daily lives of every US citizen, and the importance of rice to the people and wildlife in Arkansas, the U.S. and the entire world. Matthew Schuckmann and Allison Bednar will use all five senses to demonstrate with a taste-testing that there are many types of rice available on our grocery shelves.   

September 22-23, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Entomologist, Alvin M. Simmons of the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston, SC will attend the IR-4 Food Use Workshop in Orlando, FL. Participants of the meeting will help prioritize research trials for 2017 for sustainable pest management needs for specialty crop agriculture.

September 28, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Biological Science Technician, Chris Werle of the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Lab in Poplarville, MS, will present “A push-pull IPM strategy for invasive ambrosia beetles in ornamental nurseries” at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL. 

October 5-6, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Ecologist, Jason M. Taylor, Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will host Dr. Cammy Willett at the National Sedimentation Lab. Dr. Willett is a professor in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. During her visit, Dr. Willett will interact with researchers in the unit, visit research field sites in the Delta, discuss potential collaborations, and present a seminar entitled “Agricultural Contaminant Fate and Transport.”

On October 6, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) technician (plant pathology) Dr. Melinda Miller-Butler of the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS will be present a poster "Blueberry Integrated Pest Management (IPM)" at the 43rd Annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station. Home gardeners and horticultural professionals are expected to be in attendance.

October 6-8, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Biologist, Kanniah Rajasekaran of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, LA will attend the 2nd Global Summit on Plant Science in United Kingdom, London. Dr. Rajasekaran will present a poster entitled "Transgenic approaches to control aflatoxin contamination in maize and cottonseed”.

October 8, 2015, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), The Honey Bee Breeding and Genetics Laboratory in cooperation with the Louisiana Beekeepers Association is hosting the 20th Annual Field Day activities on the Honey Bee Lab facility grounds in Baton Rouge, LA.

October 12-14, 2016, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Leader/Research Geneticist, Deepak Bhatnagar and Research Plant Pathologist, Peter Cotty of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, LA will attend the 9th International Symposium on Quality & Safety of Grains and Oilseeds in Wuhan, China. Dr. Bhatnagar will present a poster entitled "Climate change and preharvest aflatoxin contamination" and Dr. Cotty will present a poster entitled “Use of native fungi to reduce aflatoxins in crops and the environment throughout agricultural regions”

October 14, 2016 Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Molecular Geneticist, Tim Rinehart of the Southern Horticultural Research Unit in Poplarville, MS will present an invited seminar titled “The future of Hydrangea macrophylla breeding in the U.S.” at the Seminar Course for the Plant Biology Graduate Students held in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, NJ. 

News Clips:

ARS:  Athens, Ga. - Poultry disease is an international issue and developing animals resistant to disease may be one of the long-term solutions.  University of Georgia researchers Steven Stice and Franklin West in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Claudio Afonso at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service have spent the last four years gathering data that could make the process a reality.

The team used a technology platform called shRNA???single strands of RNA that fold back on themselves???to selectively stop the production of nucleic acids that cause disease, such as the Newcastle disease virus.  Dr. Afonso was responsible for the design of the products used to reduce virus replication (gene specific shRNA) and together with his team developed methods to conduct the challenges with virulent viruses and evaluate the results.  Initial experiments were conducted at UGA and final testing and evaluation was done at the BSL3 facilities of U.S. National Poultry Research Center in Athens.

The research team's tooling process for enhancing disease resistance, published recently in the Journal of the International Alliance for Biological Standardization, is potentially a much better way of disease protection than vaccination because it introduces permanent genetic resistance that is transmittable to a bird's offspring. In contrast, many vaccines provide protection for a given period of time and must be re-administered periodically.

Multiple types of animals and disease could be targeted. This technology could also be applied to avian influenza and swine flu.  To read the full story, "Delayed Newcastle disease virus replication using RNA interference to target the nucleoprotein," is available at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1045105615000275.

 

 

 

 



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Last Modified: 9/21/2016
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