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Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Chemist, Sophie Uchimiya of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, LA received the 2016 Journal of Environmental Quality Outstanding Associate Editor award.  The award will be featured in CSA News of American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA).

Important Events for the Upcoming Week

On July 16-19, 2017, ARS Research Agricultural Engineer Yanbo Huang, Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, MS will attend the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting in Spokane, WA. During the meeting Dr. Huang will present his research entitled “Web-Based Real-Time Determination of Atmospheric Stability for Recommending Timing of Aerial Applications in the Mississippi Delta.” As the president of Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE) he will chair the annual business meeting of AOCABFE and organize and moderate the annual award ceremony of AOCABFE. He will also co-chair the invited session “Fostering African, Chinese and Indian Partnerships toward Delivering Mutually Beneficial Solutions in Agriculture.”

On July 16-21, 2017, ARS Physiologist Narayan Rath of the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, AR will attend the 2017 Poultry Science Association Conference in Orlando, FL and his graduate student Anamika Gupta will give a presentation on “Chicken enterocyte culture to screen chemicals affecting poultry intestinal integrity”.

On July 17-20, 2017, ARS Soil Scientist, Amanda Ashworth, of the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, AR will attend the New SY Training, in Athens, GA.

On July 17-20, 2017, ARS Research Leader, Soil Scientist, Phillip R. Owens of the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR, will attend the New SY Training in Athens, GA.

Press Releases:

Pasture Management and Riparian Buffers Reduce Erosion, released June 1, 2017, by CSA News Magazine, https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/csa/articles/62/6/16?_cldee=YW1hbmRhLmFzaHdvcnRoQGFycy51c2RhLmdvdg%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-004b91c97e2bde11958b0013210e308e-35334f6fc06447bbad288f23628fd50e&esid=130d397d-284a-e711-80d3-005056a7afa5

Diverse Rotations and Poultry Litter Improves Soybean Yield, released June 1, 2017, by CSA News Magazine, https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/csa/articles/62/6/16?_cldee=YW1hbmRhLmFzaHdvcnRoQGFycy51c2RhLmdvdg%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-004b91c97e2bde11958b0013210e308e-35334f6fc06447bbad288f23628fd50e&esid=130d397d-284a-e711-80d3-005056a7afa5

Diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield, released May 15, 2017, by American Association for the Advancement for Science, https://phys.org/news/2017-05-diverse-rotations-poultry-litter-soybean.html

Diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield, released May 15, 2017, by American Society of Agronomy, https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/asoa-dra051117.php

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

Reports:

Dr. Geoff Waldbieser, Research Molecular Biologist in the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS, was invited to give a Keynote Address to the Asia-Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, May 23, 2017. Dr. Waldbieser spoke on “De novo assembly of large and small genomes in aquaculture”. He also co-chaired the session on Genomics of Finfish, Shellfish, and Marine Microorganisms.

Scientists with the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS, were coauthors on two papers recognized as “Best Papers of 2016” in the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. Awards are given annually in three publication categories and two of the three awards for 2016 were coauthored by ARS scientists at Stoneville. The award for best “Applied Studies” paper of 2016 went to WARU scientists Brian Peterson, Sylvie Quiniou, Brian Bosworth, Monica Wood, Corrin Flora and three Mississippi State University coauthors for their paper Vaccination of Full-sib Channel Catfish Families Against Enteric Septicemia of Catfish with an Oral Live Attenuated Edwardsiella ictaluri Vaccine. The award for best “Review” paper of 2016 went to WARU scientist Craig Tucker and two Auburn University coauthors for their paper Alkalinity and Hardness: Critical but Elusive Concepts in Aquaculture.

Blogs:

USDA Blog: Earthworms Work Wonders for Soils https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2017/04/21/earthworms-work-wonders-soils

Outreach and Professional Activities:

April 1 – August 31, 2017, ARS, Dr. Jinyoung Barnaby, Research Plant Physiologist at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR will host Mr. Jaebuhm Chun, a visiting scientist from the Rural Development Administration in the Republic of Korea. This is a collaborative research project through the Office of International Programs that focuses on reducing methane emissions from rice production.

July 23-28, 2017, ARS Research Agricultural Engineer Yanbo Huang, Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, MS will attend the 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Fort Worth, TX. During the meeting Dr. Huang will present his research entitled “Detection of Crop Herbicide Injury through Plant Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll Fluorescence.”

July 24-26, 2017, ARS Research Leader, Annie Donoghue, of the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, AR will attend the 2017 15th Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science & Technology in Osaka, Japan and will give an invited presentation on “Novel strategies utilizing phytochemicals to reduce human food borne pathogens in poultry products”.

July 24-30, 2017, ARS Research Horticulturist, Joseph Albano of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit in Ft. Pierce, FL will present “Research Overview at USHRL” at the University of California, Riverside and will also attend a Water R3 Meeting in Irvine, CA.

July 25-26, 2017, ARS Research Hydrologist, Dr. Michele Reba, with the Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR, will convene a session at The University of Arkansas and present a paper entitled "Water Quality in Agriculture” in Fayetteville AR.

July 26-29, 2017, ARS AG Science Technician, Erin Wood and Animal Caretaker, Chad Lee of the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR, will attend the Katahdin Hair Sheep International Expo 2017 in Greenfield, IN, consigning parasite resistant sheep and Ms. Wood will present “Welfare Regulations are Coming: Start Preparing” to assist farmers in meeting high animal welfare standards.

July 29 – August 3, 2017, ARS Research Hydrologist, Dr. Michele Reba, with the Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will attend “The Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting and present papers entitled “Evaluating the Soil Vulnerability Index (SVI), an index to characterize inherent vulnerability of Croplands to runoff and leaching”, public “Privative Conservation Partnerships Promote Conservation in Arkansas that Empower Environmental Stewardship among the Agricultural Community" and "Fostering Success and Overcoming Challenges" in two symposium’s in Madison WI.

July 30 – August 2, 2017, ARS Director, Martin Locke, of the National Sedimentation Laboratory and ARS Research Hydrologist, Lindsey Yasarer, of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society in Madison, WI. Dr. Yasarer and Dr. Locke will be co-presenting research on “Historical Analysis of Agroenvironmental Conditions in the Lower Mississippi River Basin” and “Soil Vulnerability Index assessment in Beasley Lake Watershed, Mississippi”. Dr. Locke will be chairing a special session on ARS CEAP Research at the Annual CEAP Meeting. Dr. Yasarer will also participate in the SWCS Science and Policy Committee Meeting and the Annual CEAP Meeting.

July 30-August 3, 2017, ARS Research Agricultural Engineer, Ronald Bingner, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will present his paper "Enhanced topographic analysis tools for watershed assessment of integrated conservation management practices in CEAP watersheds" at the Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference in Madison, WI.

July 30-Aug 03, 2017, ARS Research Chemist Dr. Matthew Gilbert of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, LA, will present a poster entitled “Molecular and functional characterization of secondary metabolic gene clusters in Aspergillus flavus Strains 70 (Af70) and 3357” at the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, CO.

August 2-3, 2017, ARS AG Science Technician, Erin Wood of the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR, will attend the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee 101 “The Basics” and 201 “Beyond the Basics” in Washington, D.C.

August 13-17, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist Omaththage Perera of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will make an oral presentation on “Functional evaluation by gene editing of a Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin receptor in Helicoverpa zea” at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology to be held in San Diego, CA.

August 13-17, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist Maribel Portilla of the Southern Insect Management Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will present a poster entitled “Lethality of the entomogenous fungus Beauveria bassiana strain NI8 on Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) and its possible impact on beneficial arthropods” at the Society for Invertebrate Pathology to be held in San Diego, CA.

August 18-19, 2017, ARS Animal Scientist, Dr. Joan Burke of the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR, will speak as an invited speaker at the Texas Sheep and Goat Expo, in San Angelo, TX . "Using genetics to combat parasite issues"

August 20-24, 2017, ARS Research Chemist Nurhayat Tabanca and Research Entomologists Nancy Epsky and Paul Kendra, of the Subtropical Horticulture Research Station in Miami, FL will give two presentations at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC: “Attraction of sterile male Mediterranean fruit flies, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae), to tea tree oil” and “Kairomonal approach to monitor the population of the cocoa pod borer, Conopomorpha cramerella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), a major pest of cocoa in Asia”

August 22, 2017, ARS Research Ecologist, Matt Moore, of the Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will present a poster entitled, "Ability of rice (Oryza sativa) to mitigate pesticides and nutrients in runoff," at the 7th International Symposium for Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control (WETPOL) in Big Sky, MT.

September 4-8, 2017, ARS Research Molecular Biologist, Craig Shoemaker and Research Leader Benjamin Beck of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit in Auburn, AL, will participate in the 18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish. Dr. Shoemaker will present a paper entitled “Resistance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) to Streptococcus iniae and S. agalatiae Ib is heritable but not correlated.” The international conference is being held in Belfast, Ireland.

July 14-21, 2017, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Research Soil Scientist Gilbert C. Sigua of the Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center, Florence, SC will travel to the National University of Singapore (NUS) Environmental Research Institute, Singapore as an invited technical expert. Dr. Sigua will provide expert advice on the use of green technology and other management strategies to remediate soil contamination while improving water quality, soil quality, soil health and waste management. Dr. Sigua will present two seminars titled: “Water Resources and Watershed Assessment and Management: Florida Experiences” and “Crop Productivity, Nutrient- and Water-Use Efficiency in Humid Region: Measurements, Current Situation and Trends”. He will also interact with faculty, scientists, researchers and students at NUS to discuss development of future management strategies in improving water quality, water availability, soil health and crop yield sustainability.

August 4 – 9, 2017,  ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Hamed K. Abbas, Biological Control of Pests Research Unit, Stoneville, MS, will present a talk on “Bioplastic seed coating formulations combining pesticides with biocontrol isolates to control agricultural pests” at  the 2017 The American Phytopathological Society (APS) Annual Meeting held at San Antonio, TX.  He will also will interact with scientists from around the world to exchange ideas on techniques for controlling agricultural pests.

August 5-9, 2017, ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Michael P. Grisham; Research Plant Molecular Geneticist, Yong-Bao Pan; and visiting scientist, Qibin Wu, of the Sugarcane Research Unit, Houma, LA will attend the Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in San Antonio, TX. During the meeting Drs. Grisham and Pan and Mr. Wu will present their research entitled “Relationship of yield loss caused by smut in sugarcane and soil properties in Louisiana;Development of an RAPD-based SCAR marker linked with smut disease resistance in commercial sugarcane cultivars;” and “A comparative study of three detection techniques for Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli, the causal pathogen of sugarcane ratoon stunting disease,” respectively.

August 11 - 20, 2017, ARS Research Hydraulic Engineer, Eddy Langendoen, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will present his paper "Experiments on the evolution of supply-limited sand bed forms on coarse gravel beds" at the 37th IAHR World Congress in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

August 13-14, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist, David Shapiro-Ilan of the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, GA, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Society of Invertebrate Pathologists in San Diego, CA. Shapiro-Ilan will present an invited talk entitled “Microbial control approaches for pests of fruit and nut trees” as part of the Ag Innovations Conference, and will Co-Chair a symposium “Ecology of Invertebrate Pathogens”.

August 14-15, 2017, ARS Research Plant Physiologist, Dr. Jinyoung Barnaby, at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR is invited to present “Genome wide association study dissecting genetic architecture of physicochemical seed traits” at the Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society (MAPMBS) conference in Beltsville, MD. 

August 14-17, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist, David Shapiro-Ilan of the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, GA, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists in Williamsburg, VA. Shapiro-Ilan will present an invited talk entitled “Advancing application of entomopathogenic nematodes in orchard crops” and receive the award of Fellow of the Society of Nematologists.

August 15-17, 2017, ARS, Research Soil Scientist Jeff Novak of the Coastal Plains, Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center, Florence, SC will attend the 2017 Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels Workshop in Sacramento, CA.  Dr. Novak will give an invited oral presentation entitled “Measuring Soil Organic Carbon Changes at the Field and Landscape Scale”.  He will also interact with scientists, researchers, biofuel processors, and stakeholders to discuss how soil tillage/residue management practices can impact soil organic carbon degradation/protection processes at various landscape scales.    

September 16 - 22, 2017, ARS Research Hydraulic Engineer, Eddy Langendoen, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will present his paper "A 10-year study of the interactions between bed and bank morphodynamics in the Goodwin Creek, MS, USA." at the Symposium of the River Coastal Estuarine Morphodynamics conference in Padova, Italy.



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Last Modified: 07/27/2017
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