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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).

 

 

Press Releases:

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:

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.

May 19-31, 2017, ARS Research Soil Scientist Matias B. Vanotti of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will attend Frontiers International Conference On Wastewater Treatment. Presenting “Recovery of ammonia and production of high-grade phosphates from side-stream digester effluents using gas-permeable membranes,” in Palermo, Italy.

May 22-25, 2017, ARS Research Entomologists, Clint Allen, O.P. Perera and Maribel Portilla- Lead Scientists of the three core projects in the Southern Insect Management Research Unit in Stoneville, MS, will visit with Office of National Programs in Beltsville, MD, to update National Program Leaders on progress with current and future NP-304 research projects.

May 24-26, 2017, ARS Research Geneticist Benjamin T. Campbell of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will attend ACSESS Conference for Editors, in Madison, WI. Dr. Campbell is the current editor of the Journal of Plant Registrations.

May 30, 2017, ARS Research Hydraulic Engineer Eddy J. Langendoen, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will visit with faculty and staff of Mississippi State University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, the Geosystems Research Institute and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, who are partners in the Catalpa Creek Watershed Project. Dr. Langendoen will present a workshop on channel erosion and its assessment. 

June 1-5, 2017, ARS Research Microbiologist, Michael Jenkins of the National Sedimentation Laboratory, Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS, will attend ASM Microbe 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Jenkins will present a poster entitled “Effect of Agronomic Applications of Glyphosate and Glyphosate Resistant Corn on Bulk and Rhizosphere Soil and Root Endophyte Microbial communities Oxidizing Ambient H2.”

June 1-5, 2017, ARS Research Microbiologist, Hung-Yueh Yeh of the Poultry Microbiological Safety and Processing Research Unit in Athens, GA, will attend the ASM Microbe 2017 Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Yeh will make a poster presentation on “Epitope Mapping the Salmonella FlgK Protein with Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomics in Conjunction with Chicken Sera.”

June 2-8, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist, David Shapiro-Ilan of the Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, GA will attend the 15th Symposium of Biological Control to be held in Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Dr. Shapiro-Ilan will present an invited paper entitled “Improving the Efficacy of Entomopathogenic Nematodes in Microbial Control Programs"; he will also visit the Instituto Biológico, in Campinas city to meet with scientists and students and discuss potential collaboration.

June 3-10, 2017, ARS Research Soil Scientist Gilbert Sigua of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will attend Sustainable Crop Production Intensification of the Food and Agriculture Organization and present a seminar of “Soil health parameters and soil enzymes in conservation agriculture compared with conventional production systems,” in Rome, Italy.

June 3-10, 2017, ARS Research Microbiologist Thomas F. Ducey of Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research in Florence, SC, will meet with Dr. Jim Ippolito of CSU in regards to collaborative work and give a presentation entitled “Effect of tillage and cover crops on the cotton rhizoshpere,” in Fort Collins, CO.

June 4-6, 2017, ARS Research Horticulturist, Ed Stover of the Subtropical Insects & Horticultural Research Unit in Ft. Pierce, FL will present “Influence of oscillating stress on huanglongbing development in graft-inoculated citrus” at the 130th Annual Meeting of the Florida State Horticultural Society in Tampa, FL.

June 4-9, 2017, ARS Research Ecologist, Rachel L. Nifong of the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science in Raleigh, NC. Nifong will give a research paper entitled “From elements to metabolism: exploring the coupling of autotrophic stoichiometry and ecosystem function in spring-fed rivers” and will serve as co-organizer of a special session focused on ecological stoichiometry.

June 4-8, 2017, ARS Research Entomologist Alvin M. Simmons of the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC will attend the 3rd Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium and present an oral research paper on “Whiteflies: Developing host plant resistance in watermelon from wild sources” in Madrid, Spain. After the conference, he will attend a 3-day satellite workshop on Feeding Behaviour of Piercing Sucking Insects.

June 11-14, 2017, ARS Research Geneticist, Randall Niedz of the Subtropical Insects & Horticultural Research Unit in Ft. Pierce, FL will present “MS media kit and design of experiments (DOE) overview” at the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Raleigh, NC.

June 12-14, 2017, ARS Research Civil Engineer, Daniel Wren, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will present his paper "Assessment and mitigation of irrigation reservoir levee erosion" at the Universities Council on Water Resources and National Institutes of Water Resources annual conference "Water in a Changing Environment" in Fort Collins, CO.

June 13, 2017, ARS Research Hydrologist Lindsey Yasarer and Post-doctoral Scientist Rachel Nifong of the National Sedimentation Laboratory (NSL) in Oxford, MS, will host 13 local science teachers along with Dr. Craig Wilson of the USDA Future Scientist Program, for a one-day teacher-training event.  Local teachers representing city, county, and private schools will learn hands-on science demonstrations to use in their classrooms, discuss collaborative projects and mentoring opportunities, and tour the NSL facility.

June 14-16, 2017, ARS Research scientists of the Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, LA will attend the 47th Annual Joint Meeting of the American Society of Sugarcane Technologists (Florida and Louisiana Divisions) in New Orleans, LA and give the following presentations: Michael Grisham - “Field screening of sugarcane varieties for sugarcane yellow leaf in Louisiana”, Anna Hale - The application of NIR technology to assess cane quality in Louisiana”, Richard Johnson - “Effect of growth regulators, boron and molybdenum on sugarcane grown in the greenhouse” and “Effect of potassium fertilizer application on the yield and quality of current sugarcane varieties in Louisiana”, Yong-Bao Pan - Length and nucleotide sequence polymorphism at the trnL and trnF non-coding regions of chloroplast genomes among Saccharum and Erianthus species”, Douglas Spaunhorst - Does fallow planted soybean and sweet sorghum reduce plant cane density?”, James Todd – “GGE analysis of ratooning ability in Louisiana sugarcane breeding”, Charles Webber - Sugarcane boiler ash as an amendment for soilless growing media” and “Allelopathic impact of HoCP 96-540 field residue on seed germination”, and Paul White - Billet-planted sugarcane responds positively to chemical seed treatments”.

June 15-16, 2017, ARS Research Geneticist, William Anderson of the Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit in Tifton, GA, will attend the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT) 2017 Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Anderson will present “Biomass Yields and Juice Production of Energy Cane at Two Locations in Georgia”

 



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