News from the Southeast Area
April 6, 2018, ARS Dr. Thomas Way, Agricultural Engineer at the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, AL, received the 2018 “Distinguished Engineer Award” from the Alabama Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) during the 2018 annual section meeting in Auburn, AL. Dr. Way was recognized for his research on traction and soil compaction of tires and rubber tracks, his leadership in developing a prototype implement for shallow subsurface band application of poultry litter, and his work for ASABE.
March 19, 2018, ARS Research Leader Craig Tucker was named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for Humboldt State University. Dr. Tucker received his undergraduate degree from Humboldt in 1974 with a major in Zoology. Humboldt State University is the northernmost campus of California’s State University system and is recognized as a leader in undergraduate education in natural resources, forestry, wildlife, oceanography, and fisheries. Dr. Tucker was recognized last year as 2017 Outstanding Alumnus by the Auburn University College of Agriculture, where he received his doctorate in Microbiology in 1978.
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
USDA Blog: Earthworms Work Wonders for Soils https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2017/04/21/earthworms-work-wonders-soils
Outreach and Professional Activities:
May 15-18, 2018. ARS, The Sugar and Energy CRIS Research Project of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit at the SRRC, New Orleans, LA hosted the 2nd Biennial Advances in Sugar Crop Processing and Conversion (ASCPC) Conference at Le Pavillon Hotel. The Conference focused on sugar products and technologies that have specific applications in sugar and specialty chemical manufacturing markets with intent to show case our industry partners, stakeholders, collaborators, and commodity groups, our latest advancements in research. We also promoted the exchange of information on new sugar crop commodities and the process development, and conversion technologies associated with the use of sugar crops as sustainable renewable resources for processing and conversion into food, energy, biomaterials and biochemicals. In addition to national representative, the conference included participants from Belgium, Portugal, Brazil, Canada and Thailand. Dr. Deepak Bhatnagar, SRRC Center Director gave the welcome address, while Dr. Ed King, retired Area Director (MSA) and Dr. Jonathan Male, D.O.E. gave the invited keynote lectures. At the conference there were a total of 29 oral presentations, including a workshop.
The presentations highlighting SRRC research contributions were titled:
“Powdered Activated Carbon to Adsorb Colorants from sugar Beet Syrup – a Pilot Plant Study”, “Practical Use of Soybean Oil to Stabilize and Store Medium to High Brix Sweet Sorghum Syrups”, “Effect of Feed Source and Pyrolysis Conditions on Sugarcane Bagasse Biochar”, “Sensory Flavor Characteristics of Sweet Sorghum Syrup”, “The Nature of Floc Problems in Alcoholic Beverages Sweetened with Cane Sugars and How to Remove Them”, “Stabilization of Sweet Sorghum Bagasse for Novel Applications Using Compaction and Ensiling.”
There were 19 poster presentations of which SRRC staff presented the following:
“Evaluation of hydrogen peroxide as a decolorizer in upstream juice products at a sugarcane factory”, “First year operation of a mechanical detrasher system at a Louisiana sugarcane factory”, “Nutritional properties and composition of commercial syrup sweeteners in the USA”, “Total Phenolics in Sweet Sorghum Syrups Compared to Other Commercial Syrups: Antioxidant Activity and Color”, “Multi-year field application of fly ash and biochars from bagasse and leafy residue onto fields”, “Pilot plant study on the use of powdered activated carbons to remove various impurities from a sugar refinery liquor”, “Nutrient requirements for the production of biochemical from sweet sorghum and sugar beet syrups via fermentation”, ”Biobutanol production from sweet sorghum biorefinery by-products”, “Antioxidants in sorghum."
May 21-24, 2018, ARS Research Ecologist Postdoc, Rachel L. Nifong of the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science in Detroit, MI. Nifong will give a research paper on “Hydrologic and vegetation management influence oxygen dynamics and nitrogen processing in shallow, low gradient, experimental streams” and will serve as a co-organizer for a special session.
May 21-24, 2018, ARS Research Ecologist, Jason M. Taylor of the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science in Detroit, MI. Nifong will give a research paper on “Seasonal patterns in algal biomass alter the Stoichiometry of extracellular enzyme mediated nutrient cycling in an agriculturally influenced Oxbow lake”.
May 28 - June 1, 2018, ARS Research Geneticist, Jodi Scheffler, from the Crop Genetics Research Unit in Stoneville, MS will present “Proactive Breeding for Cotton Diseases Through International Collaborations” and chair the Breeding and Applied Genomics Working Group at the International Cotton Genome Initiative Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was also invited to present her research in a seminar at the University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences titled “Crop Genetics in the omics World”.
May 29-31, 2018, ARS Research Ecologist, Matt Moore of the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the ARS Biochar Roadmap Workshop to be held at the Summit Executive Center in Chicago, IL.
May 31-June 1, 2018, ARS Research Plant Physiologist, Dr. Greg McCollum of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL has been invited by his National Program Leader to attend the Customer-Stakeholder Workshop at the USDA-ARS National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD and also the Scientist Workshop at The George Washington Carver Center (GWCC).
June 2-6, 2018, ARS, Research Plant Physiologist, Steve Duke, Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, at University, MS, will present a seminar on "Modes of action of natural phytotoxins” at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.
June 3-9, 2018, ORISE, Soil Scientist Post Doc, Dr. Jenny Richter of Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, Booneville, AR will attend Advanced Hydric Soils for Soil Scientist training in Meridian, MS.
June 4-6 2018, ARS Research Animal Scientist, Joan Burke, Dale Bumper's Small Farms Research Center, in Booneville, AR, will host the 2018 NCERA Committee Meeting at Mt. Magazine Lodge, AR.
June 4-6, 2018, ARS Research Chemist Dr. Matthew Gilbert, ARS Research Plant Pathologist Dr. Rajtilak Majumdar, and ARS Research Biologist Dr. Kanniah Rajasekaran of the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, LA, will attend the “2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference” in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Gilbert will present a poster entitled “Environmental factors influencing Aspergillus flavus development and toxin secretion in maize kernels,” Dr. Majumdar will present a poster entitled, "Mitigation of Aspergillus flavus infection and aflatoxin contamination in maize utilizing RNAi-mediated HIGS," and Dr. Rajasekaran will present a poster entitled "Control of preharvest aflatoxin contamination in transgenic maize expressing a tachyplesin-derived synthetic peptide".
June 5-8, 2018, ARS Research Chemist, Michael Easson, ARS Textile Technologist, Michael Reynolds, and ARS Research Materials Engineer, Sunghyun Nam of the Cotton Chemistry and Utilization Research Unit, Southern Regional Research Center, New Orleans, LA, will attend the “World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference 2018,” in Chicago, IL. Easson will present a paper entitled, "Non-Chemical method for improved whiteness of greige cotton" and Nam will present a paper entitled, “Nanoengineered Cotton Wipes"
June 7, 2018, ARS Research Chemist, Dr. Christina Dorado, of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Ft. Pierce, FL, will attend the Citrus Engineering Symposium Meeting at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, FL. Dr. Dorado will give a presentation on “Steam explosion for the extraction of pectin, sugars, phenolics, flavonoids and limonene from citrus processing waste and fruit for the valorization of citrus not fit for juice production.”
June 10 -12, 2018, ARS Research Horticulturist, Dr. Eddie Stover, of the Subtropical Insects & Horticulture Research Unit, Ft. Pierce, FL, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Florida State Horticulture Society in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Presentation will be "HLB-related responses of Valencia on eight diverse rootstocks in greenhouse trials.”
June 10-12, 2018, ARS Supervisory Research Horticulturist, Dr. Liz Baldwin of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL, will attend the Annual Meeting of the Florida State Horticulture Society in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and present “Citrus nanoemulsion wax coating with ginger antimicrobial oil”.
June 18-19, 2018. ARS Research Geneticist Nagaraj Chatakondi of the Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Stoneville, MS will attend the 24th Annual US Fish & Wildlife ADAAP Aquaculture Drug Approval Workshop to be held at Bozeman, MT and present ‘Effects of age and dose of Salmon GnRHa (OvaRH) on the reproductive performance of channel catfish to produce hybrid catfish embryos’
June 18-20, 2018, ARS Research Biologist, Dr. Randall Cameron of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL, will attend the Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Portland, OR. Dr. Cameron will give a presentation on “Process optimization for maximizing the rheology modifying properties of pectic hydrocolloids recovered from steam exploded biomass”.
June 18-21, 2018, ARS Research Hydraulic Engineer, Eddy Langendoen, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, of the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, MS, will attend the ARS Congressional Briefing Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
June 19-23, 2018, ORISE, Animal Scientist Post Doc, Dr. Christine Nieman of Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, Booneville, AR will attend The Grassfed Exchange Conference in Rapid City, SD.
June 18-28, 2018, ARS Supervisory Research Horticulturist, Dr. Liz Baldwin of the Citrus, Subtropical & Other Products Research Unit, Fort Pierce, FL, has been invited to Sao Paulo State University, in Araraquara, Brazil to give lectures on fruit ripening and quality as well as a presentation on “Flavor Quality in Fruits and Fruit Products”.
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