Nickola Metodiev, a visiting scientist from Bulgaria sponsored by The Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, visited the International Goat Research Center to receive hands-on training in reproductive technologies. He was accompanied by Carey Satterfield, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Associate Director and International Training Coordinator for The Borlaug Institute …

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A group of researchers led by Richard W. Griffin, Professor and Research Scientist, is conducting the Saharan and Sahelian Red Dust Collection Project (SSRDCP). The SSRDCP seeks to determine whether red colored soils found on PVAMU’s farm originate from the Saharan or Sahelian regions of Africa. The project was developed during a field trip to …

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New Research Frontiers Begin

September 12, 2016

Members of the Natural Resources and Environmental Systems, Ripendra Awal and Haimanote Bayabil, experimented with the CAHS’ unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly known as a drone, on the University Farm this past week. The UAS was bought early this year as part of the Smart Agriculture and Natural Resources Management research activities. Both scientists participated …

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Cooperative Agricultural Research Center scientists Ali Fares, Ripendra Awal and Haimanote Bayabil recently released a study on how organic matter affects the precision and accuracy of soil water monitoring sensors. Published under the title “Soil Water Content Senor Response to Organic Matter Content under Laboratory Conditions” in the journal Sensors, the study reports findings and …

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Given the importance of water security globally, a book series dedicated to Advances in Water Security has been started by Dr. Ali Fares, Associate Director of Research and Professor of Watershed Hydrology. Published by Springer, the series has been established as an advanced forum for hydrologists, technologists, policy makers, planners and other users to discuss …

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Dr. Ram Ray attended a training on Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP 8.0) in Atlanta, Georgia from August 1-5, 2016. The training was organized by the US EPA Region 4 to assist participants understand modeling principles and theory and to provide hands-on experience on the use of WASP interface and other hydrologic models. Ray …

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The Cooperative Agricultural Research Center’s Plant Systems research group has discovered the commercial accumulation of a shikimic acid family of antioxidants in the otherwise obscure medicinal plant Phyla dulcis, a Central American herb. The group has been conducting a biotechnological research project, funded by NIFA-Allen Fund, aimed at enhancing the quantities of the non-caloric sweetener …

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Three CARC researchers: Drs. Ming Gao, Ripendra Awal and Sara Fuentes-Soriano attended a training on high performance computing at TACC (Texas Advanced Computing Center) Summer Supercomputing Institute, August 1 – 5, 2016, at the University of Texas at Austin. The training introduced researchers on to high performance computing, data analytics, and scientific visualization. In addition, …

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Dr. Ali Fares, Associate Director of Research at the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center, has been invited as a keynote speaker for the International Citrus Congress (ICC), which will be held in Foz do Iguaçu, PR – Brazil from September 18-23, 2016. The ICC is a venue where researchers working on citrus from all over the …

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Art of the Rural is a collaborative organization with a mission of building the field of the rural arts, create new narratives on rural culture and community, and contribute to the emerging rural arts and culture movement. Dr. William Turner, Research Scientist Leader, Social Systems and Allied Research in the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center, has been …

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