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UGA mycologist Marin Brewer is using a recent USDA NIFA grant to continue her research of Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus that is abundant in soil, compost and other organic debris. This fungus can cause serious lung infections in immunocompromised people. Michelle Momany, a professor in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology, is collaborating with Brewer on this study. CAES News
UGA mycologist Marin Brewer is using a recent USDA NIFA grant to continue her research of Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus that is abundant in soil, compost and other organic debris. This fungus can cause serious lung infections in immunocompromised people. Michelle Momany, a professor in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology, is collaborating with Brewer on this study.
Grant funds UGA mycologist's study of fungus that affects humans
University of Georgia mycologist Marin Brewer has been awarded close to $500,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to search for ways to detect antifungal resistance in a naturally occurring fungus and identify the factors that contribute to its resistance in agricultural environments.
MRI imaging showing the control vs. the surfen-treated example. (Photo provided by UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center) CAES News
MRI imaging showing the control vs. the surfen-treated example. (Photo provided by UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center)
Existing drug could treat aggressive brain cancer
A research team from the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center has found that a compound molecule used for drug delivery of insulin could be used to treat glioblastoma, an aggressive, usually fatal form of brain cancer.
Bill Brim will be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame on Oct. 4. CAES News
Bill Brim will be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame on Oct. 4.
Bill Brim, Foster Rhodes to be inducted into Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame
This year’s Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees have impacted Georgians from the dinner table to the fairgrounds.
Henry Sintim joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on Aug. 1 as an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. CAES News
Henry Sintim joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on Aug. 1 as an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.
New UGA scientist will study soil makeup on Tifton campus
Georgia feels like home for Ghana-native soil scientist Henry Sintim, and that’s what drew him to the University of Georgia Tifton campus.
Sam Pardue, dean and director, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES News
Sam Pardue, dean and director, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The road to success is seldom straight
Many students perform better and stretch their available college funding further by spending a year or two close to home at a smaller University System of Georgia institution before transferring to the University of Georgia.
Linden Pederson graduated from UGA in 2019 with degrees in scientific illustration and entomology, but she left behind her sculpture of a giant beetle, Megalodacne heros. The beetle, which is housed in the hallway of the UGA Department of Entomology, took her hundreds of hours to sculpt and is anatomically correct down to the tiniest hair. CAES News
Linden Pederson graduated from UGA in 2019 with degrees in scientific illustration and entomology, but she left behind her sculpture of a giant beetle, Megalodacne heros. The beetle, which is housed in the hallway of the UGA Department of Entomology, took her hundreds of hours to sculpt and is anatomically correct down to the tiniest hair.
CAES alumna built a larger-than-life monument to her love of insects
During her undergraduate years, Linden Pederson was dedicated to helping others appreciate the beauty of insects. She spent hours drawing insects or introducing the public to live insects as part of the University of Georgia Bug Dawgs Insect Zoo, but her senior project dwarfs those efforts.
Plant physiologist Leo Lombardini joined the University of Georgia as head of the Department of Horticulture on Sept. 1, 2019. He came to UGA from Texas A&M University, where he served as founding director of the Center for Coffee Research and Education at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. CAES News
Plant physiologist Leo Lombardini joined the University of Georgia as head of the Department of Horticulture on Sept. 1, 2019. He came to UGA from Texas A&M University, where he served as founding director of the Center for Coffee Research and Education at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.
Lombardini named head of UGA Department of Horticulture
Plant physiologist Leo Lombardini joined the University of Georgia as head of the Department of Horticulture on Sept. 1. He comes to UGA from Texas A&M University, where he served on the faculty for the past 17 years. Most recently he was a professor of horticulture and founding director of the Center for Coffee Research and Education at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.
Downforce is a planter setting that helps farmers plant seeds at the appropriate soil depth. CAES News
Downforce is a planter setting that helps farmers plant seeds at the appropriate soil depth.
UGA Extension precision agriculture specialist advocates use of downforce at planting
Georgia farmers with reduced plant stands can help alleviate those problems next season by correcting settings and using downforce on their planters, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist and precision agriculture expert.
UGA graduate student Renan Souza presents his poster to one of the judges. More than 100 graduate students attended the 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders meeting. CAES News
UGA graduate student Renan Souza presents his poster to one of the judges. More than 100 graduate students attended the 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders meeting.
Plant breeders convene in Georgia to discuss the future of food, fiber and flowers in a changing world
More than 400 plant breeders convened at the Callaway Gardens conference center in Pine Mountain, Georgia, as part of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) annual meeting hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

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