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University of Georgia's Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging technology will be used for the first time in Central America to make accurate and rapid diagnoses in agriculture. CAES News
University of Georgia's Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging technology will be used for the first time in Central America to make accurate and rapid diagnoses in agriculture.
Imaging software supports food safety initiatives
Many countries struggle with food shipments being damaged or destroyed by invasive insects and plant disease. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, between 20% and 40% of global crop production is lost to pests, with plant diseases costing the global economy around $220 billion and invasive insects around $70 billion. The University of Georgia developed technology to identify these pests and is now partnering with a government organization in Central America — OIRSA — to implement this useful tool.
Students participate in socially distant hands-on learning in 4-H environmental education classes. Pictured is a group at Burton 4-H Center in Tybee Island, Georgia. CAES News
Students participate in socially distant hands-on learning in 4-H environmental education classes. Pictured is a group at Burton 4-H Center in Tybee Island, Georgia.
Georgia 4-H provides virtual and in-person environmental education
The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program is accommodating the needs of students around the state by offering both virtual and socially distant in-person visits at its six facilities in Georgia.
Renato Garcia and Joanna Ortiz participated in Elevate training as part of Project F.R.E.E. (Photo by Kristina Arjona) CAES News
Renato Garcia and Joanna Ortiz participated in Elevate training as part of Project F.R.E.E. (Photo by Kristina Arjona)
UGA receives $6.2 million grant to provide relationship, financial training for Georgia couples
A team of University of Georgia faculty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences aims to provide Georgia couples with healthy relationship skills and financial guidance with the help of a five-year, $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Produce in a grocery store. CAES News
Produce in a grocery store.
UGA food scientist is tracking ‘hitchhiker’ genes
Antibiotic resistance – one of the biggest threats to global health, according to the World Health Organization – occurs when germs learn how to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. The problem of resistance threatens the efficacy of antibiotics, making simple infections untreatable.
"Hearts of Glass" will be available to the UGA community for viewing Oct. 23 through Oct. 30. A free and interactive discussion will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Zoom. CAES News
"Hearts of Glass" will be available to the UGA community for viewing Oct. 23 through Oct. 30. A free and interactive discussion will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Zoom.
Award-winning documentary guides conversation about growing plants, community and inclusion
The University of Georgia Department of Horticulture, together with UGA's Institute on Human Development and Disability, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and UGArden, are excited to share the award-winning “Hearts of Glass” documentary to the university community beginning Friday, Oct. 23.
A supergene is a collection of neighboring genes located on a chromosome that are inherited together due to close genetic linkage. Studying these unique genes is important to understanding the potential causes for differences among the social structure of fire ants, specifically for controlling the species and building upon the existing knowledge base. CAES News
A supergene is a collection of neighboring genes located on a chromosome that are inherited together due to close genetic linkage. Studying these unique genes is important to understanding the potential causes for differences among the social structure of fire ants, specifically for controlling the species and building upon the existing knowledge base.
Supergene in fire ants may lead to understanding of developmental behaviors
A unique study conducted by University of Georgia entomologists led to the discovery of a distinctive supergene in fire ant colonies that determines whether young queen ants will leave their birth colony to start their own new colony or if they will join one with multiple queens. Researchers also found that ants were more aggressive toward queens who don’t possess the supergene, causing colony workers to kill them. This critical finding opens the door to new pest control methods that may be more efficient in eradicating problematic fire ant colonies. 
A student studies a plant sample under a microscope in the lab. CAES News
A student studies a plant sample under a microscope in the lab.
Three CAES students selected for UGA research scholarship
This fall, the University of Georgia recognized nine undergraduates in its 2020-21 incoming class as CURO Honors Scholars, the university’s top undergraduate research scholarship. Three students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were selected for the award.
Julie Borlaug will deliver the 2020 D.W. Brooks Lecture, "Using Innovation and Technology to End Hunger and Poverty," as part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences annual faculty awards celebration. CAES News
Julie Borlaug will deliver the 2020 D.W. Brooks Lecture, "Using Innovation and Technology to End Hunger and Poverty," as part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences annual faculty awards celebration.
D.W. Brooks Lecture to focus on ending hunger through technology
Julie Borlaug is continuing the legacy of her late grandfather, agronomist and Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug, and inspiring the next generation by advocating for innovation and technology in agricultural production to end world hunger.
UGA faculty helped agriculture educators connect to their subject areas and enhance students’ problem-solving skills during a two-day virtual professional development training session. CAES News
UGA faculty helped agriculture educators connect to their subject areas and enhance students’ problem-solving skills during a two-day virtual professional development training session.
Grant project creates culturally responsive agriculture and life sciences lessons
In collaboration with James Anderson, an associate professor in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Paula Mellom and her team in the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education helped develop and deliver a training session for 17 agricultural education and science teachers from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and the Harold S. Vincent High School in Milwaukee.

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