Fighting Aflatoxin With Beneficial Fungal Strain

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Fighting Aflatoxin With Beneficial Fungal Strain SHARE Fighting Aflatoxin With Beneficial Fungal Strain By Gary Truitt – Oct 21, 2012 Facebook Twittercenter_img Facebook Twitter Source: NAFB News Service While several species of Aspergillus fungi produce aflatoxins – some species are actually considered beneficial. In fact – a strain dubbed K49 is now being recruited by USDA scientists to battle the harmful species and prevent them from contaminating host crops like corn with the highly toxic carcinogen. Eacy year – aflatoxin causes an estimated 200-million dollars in U.S. losses alone. But the USDA scientists – in collaboration with scientists in Italy – have devised a new method of applying K49 as a frontline defense against aflatoxin contamination in corn. K49 cannot produce aflatoxin – but it can exclude its aflatoxin-producing cousins from the ecological niches and resources they need to survive. Exploiting this rivalry – according to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service – offers an effective way to diminish aflatoxin levels in soil and in corn kernels.Scientists encapsulated K49 in bioplastic granules. They say these bioplastic granules improve the beneficial mold’s storage life and viability once applied. In tests – applications of the bioplastic-coated K49 reduced aflatoxin levels by 65 to 97-percent. USDA’s scientist says this technology may also prove useful in delivering other beneficial fungi used to safeguard crops from disease. Previous articleWill Crude Fall Substantially In 2013?Next articleNew Master Farmers Have More to Remember about 2012 than Drought Gary Truittlast_img read more

UTPB introduces new top official

first_img UTPB introduces new top official University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleUTPB to host visiting artistNext articleCFO says hospital district remaining positive admin Facebook UTPB logo, USE THIS ONE Having visited the University of Texas of the Permian Basin for graduations over the years, Sandra Garcia was familiar with the campus and was pleased to have the opportunity to join it as its assistant vice president for research and dean of graduate studies.Garcia succeeds Juli D’Ann Ratheal-Burnett. She has more than 20 years of experience in sponsored programs, research and graduate studies. She has held leadership positions in those areas at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Kingsville, where she served as executive director of research and sponsored programs, the University of Houston-Downtown as assistant vice president for academic affairs, and most recently at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where was director of research and compliance.Because she has worked at larger universities, she appreciated the chance to join UTPB.“I have worked at predominately Hispanic serving institutions … and I love that to be able to come into a university and make a difference. I’ve worked at large universities and you’re just like another fish in the pond. Here I can make a difference,” Garcia said.From her bachelor’s to her doctorate, Garcia said all her degrees are from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.“My doctorate prepared me for an executive role in education. My bachelor’s was in elementary education, however, I didn’t teach (at an elementary school). I taught adult education at a community college and did some grant writing classes. Then I got a master’s in counseling and guidance, but I never was a counselor either,” Garcia said.She got involved in grant writing as a member of the city council in Mathis, then transitioned to the university level.At UTPB, Garcia said will be overseeing the process of faculty and staff writing grants and help them with proposal development, submission of budgets and making sure federal guidelines are adhered to.A couple of her main goals at UTPB are to increase graduate student enrollment, ensure the quality and rigor of the graduate programs and increase external funding for research and student scholarships.UTPB has about 1,000 students in its graduate programs. About 80 percent are online and 20 percent are face-to-face. Garcia said she would like to see the number of students rise by about 5 to 10 percent every year.Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Heimmermann said Garcia will be working closely with his office, the deans and faculty to support the university’s efforts to enhance its research profile, as well as facilitate development of additional graduate programs, including doctoral programs.“I do believe that UT Permian Basin will develop and offer doctoral programs within the next couple of years. We are in the midst of an inclusive strategic planning process and we expect that the specific programs will emerge from these discussions and processes,” Heimmermann stated in an email.More Informationcenter_img Twitter By admin – March 27, 2018 Local NewsEducation Facebook Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Breaking: Search underway at Portsalon Pier

first_img Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – June 26, 2019 Both Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboats are currently engaged in a search at Portsalon Pier.The boats launched earlier this morning in response to an Emergency position-indicating radio beacon signal at the pier.There are no further details at this stage. Homepage BannerNews Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Breaking: Search underway at Portsalon Pier Facebook Facebook Google+ Previous articleSevere disruptions expected as hospital staff strikeNext articleLifeline Inishowen travel to Dail in battle for survival News Highland WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Disney World Closed for Historic Time Frame

first_imgDisney World is now closed for what’s expected to be a historic length of time, two weeks.The Florida park shut its doors at the close of business last night. Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and Legoland are also closed. The closures are expected to last through the end of the month. A two-week closure would be the longest ever for Disney.last_img


first_imgDONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL NEWS: DONEGAL’S Minor Ladies and U14s were the toast of the county on Saturday after both teams won their Ulster Championship clashes.First up were the U14s who were up against a fancied Tyrone team at Carndonagh.But despite playing against the wind, it was the Donegal girls – captained by Moville’s Aoibh Faulkner – who played the better football and led at the break by 10 points. The margin at the end was 13 points as Donegal eased up in the second half to win 6-06 to 2-05.Niamh McDonald (Moville), Sarah Harkin (Ardara), Amy Boyle Carr (N Conaill) and Saoirse Bonner (N Muire) got the goals for the home team in the 13 point win.Next up were the Minors who also had to battle a stiff breeze in the first half hour, but despite that also led at the break 1-04 to 1-02 in a tight encounter with Antrim.With the wind advantage and a different system for the conditions, the Minors soon pulled further ahead, restricting Antrim to just one more score – a goal – while Donegal added 10 more points. Final score 1-14 to 2-02. Attention switched to today the first of three Gaeltacht Championship finals.And Glenfinn are the new title holders.It was a very tight first half with defences on top and scores at a premium in wet conditions.But it was Milford who led at the break 1-04 to 1-02.Glenfinn however were the much better team in the second half allowing Milford just two more points whilst they stretched their lead to a winning 2-07 to 1-06, a four point win. Comhghairdeas buaiteoirí Chomórtas Peil na Gaeltachta ná mBán Sinsear Dún na nGall 2015.Elsewhere in the All County league St Eunan’s had a good win over Carndonagh in Division One whilst in Division 3 South West N Columba defeated N Muire 5-09 to 4-11 (24 points to 23) in a cracking game.In the U12s over the weekend Downings beat Termon, Glenswilly defeated Dungloe and St Naul’s beat Four Masters.Red Hughs had a good win over Mac Cumhaills whilst St Mary’s Convoy beat Robert Emmets. Tomorrow Monday: 4thMay. Intermediate-Ardara V Naomh [email protected] Fanad Gaels V St’[email protected] senior champs GlenfinnLADIES FOOTBALL: MINORS AND U14 COUNTY TEAMS WIN, WHILE GLENFINN LIFT GAELTACHT TITLE was last modified: May 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldonegal ladies footbaGlenfinnLadies FootballMinorsU14’slast_img read more

Letterkenny Cathedral District awarded €200,000 funding boost

first_imgThe historical Cathedral Quarter in the heart of Letterkenny is set to undergo major enhancements with a financial boost announced today.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has announced Letterkenny has secured €200,000 funding to revive and repair buildings near St Eunan’s Cathedral.“This €200,000 funding is a huge boost to efforts to bring the architectural heart of the town back to life,” Minister McHugh said. “The money will make a huge difference to the plans for the Ecclesiastical Conservation Area in the town and will enable conservation repair works to a number of buildings along Church Lane.”The funding has been secured following an application by Donegal County Council to the Historic Towns Initiative 2019, a scheme run by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in conjunction with the Heritage Council.Minister McHugh said: “Letterkenny is only one of six towns to have made the cut in this latest boost to local heritage and history and culture.“Donegal County Council also deserves praise here for identifying the potential in the cathedral area of the town and pitching for this really important fund. “It is about using our heritage, our special local history, to drive the regeneration in a special part of the town.“And funding of this scale is also about this Government recognising the importance of our heritage and it’s legacy – ár n-Oidhreacht – the history that it has been left for us to preserve and pass on to the next generation.”Letterkenny Cathedral District awarded €200,000 funding boost was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz SA grows jobs, skills

first_img These preparations form part of a R2.5-billion investment, which includes construction of a new bodyshop and the introduction of a variety of new technologies. The investment will allow the company to deepen the economic contribution of the production facility to the both the province and the rest of the country, as well as improving the sustainability of the local community. It was announced in December 2010 that the East London plant had been selected as one of only four Daimler AG plants worldwide to manufacture the C-Class. “The skills training and recruitment drive is an important part of the company’s complex planning project, as preparations to ready the manufacturing facility for the introduction of the new C-Class intensify,” Mercedes-Benz South Africa said in a recent statement. SAinfo reporter “Creating a skills pipeline to cater for the ongoing increase in technical complexity is essential to our long term sustainability,” said vice-president for manufacturing at MBSA, Arno van der Merwe. Before being admitted into the training programme, applicants were required to complete a multi-phase assessment process. Successful applicants are being trained in automotive theory and practical, production-specific content at a specialised training centre established specifically for that purpose by Mercedes-Benz SA. After the training, approximately 600 trainees will be recruited as additional production operators. “The main objective is to give trainees a better understanding of our industry and equip them with the necessary skills to take up positions in the plant and start building platinum quality cars from day one,” said vice-president for human resources, Johann Evertse. 15 August 2012 Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA) manufacturing plant in East London in the Eastern Cape province is training 800 technicians in a skills development programme ahead of the start of production of its next generation C-Class vehicles in 2014.last_img read more

When in Chennai, wear Madras

first_imgNestled in Besant Nagar locality of Chennai is a shop that claims to go gaga over the city. The effect is on its visitors as well. Because by the time, they have finished looking at the merchandise on display, they are going gaga over Chennai as well.The shop that started in November 21, 2012 is coming into its own as Madras celebrates its 375th birthday. No, it isn’t just the ‘Sale’ posters pasted everywhere but the range of tee-shirts that are on offer, presenting a 360 degree view of Chennai. In short, a week during which Madras celebrates Chennai.So if you are in a mood to soak in some Madras, then Chennai Gaga should be on your to-go list. And wear Chennai on your sleeve, literally. Sujata Tarakesan, the proprietor of the shop says, “It is a Chennai celebration that Chennai Gaga is all about. This Madras Week, we take it one step higher. This is the time to wear Chennai. Even locals come and buy a lot.”Expectedly, Rajinikanth tee shirts are a huge attraction. So are tees that sport the filter Kaapi motifs. Anita, who grew up in Chennai and is now settled in Canada, has come to ensure she does not feel homesick when she has left the shores of the Marina.”My husband, my child, my in-laws and I all end up wearing something that is so personal to us. For my husband, it is the Marina beach, me the Madras Central, my child listens to Usha Uthup’s song ‘Kaapi Kaapi Chai Chai’ so there is a kaapi kaapi chai tee shirt for him. I find it personal and creative at the same time,” says Anita.advertisementThat Chennai has the ability to laugh at itself is obvious from tees that talk about the four seasons in the city: Summer, Summer, Summer and Summer. And since the Madrasi is also culturally inclined and spends an entire month celebrating music and dance during the Margazhi season, tees and mugs that are an ode to the ragas find ready buyers.last_img read more

After Mt. Apo conquest, Filipina mountaineer ‘Kaya’ targets Mt. Everest

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tumaliuan reached the top of Mt. Apo with a couple of friends and their guide, and with the country’s peak already in her pocket, it’s now the world’s topmost point that she wants to conquer.“To be honest, it was the best climb and the best trail I ever had,” said Tumaliuan whose “Kaya” nickname has a rough English translation of “capable.” “I did not expect the trail to be that beautiful.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTumaliuan, a true blue nature lover, took the Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Executive Trail that passes through the EDC’s geothermal reservation en route to Apo’s peak.“I really saw how EDC took care of the trail and preserved the nature there. I was in awe even of the tree nursery they have there,” said Tumaliuan. “I would love to climb again using the same trail.” With Everest in her sights, admits that more than her physical preparation the monetary part of the journey is exponentially harder.“Climbing Everest is every mountaineer’s dream, I’m not asking sponsors to just support me,” said Tumaliuan. “In sponsoring my Everest bet, I want to share my blessing by sending children to school and to complete their studies.”“If I can make it to Everest, I hope these kids can feel like they can achieve anything.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Carla Kaya Tumaliuan eyes Mt. Everest conquest. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A local mountaineer is set to live up to her inspiring nickname.Carla Kaya Tumaliuan, or simply Kaya, is eyeing to reach the world’s highest point, Mt. Everest, after she conquered the country’s peak of Mt. Apo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Drone and Phone in PH episode 3: Mt. Iraya & Basco PLAY LIST 05:25Drone and Phone in PH episode 3: Mt. Iraya & Basco01:05No more admin case vs Albayalde after resignation — Panelo01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PBA: Meralco withstands NorthPort for thrilling 2 OT win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more