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Cotton being harvested and loaded into truck. CAES News
High Cotton Yields
Georgia cotton growers are starting the 2023 season with a boost from near-record-breaking yields last year. The United States Department of Agriculture released final yield data in late May, confirming the second-highest yields on record, as forecasted by University of Georgia cotton experts in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Maya Dubos, a third-year hospitality and food industry management major, works in Dogwood Hall inside the Georgia Center where she spends her internship serving student-athletes. (Shannah Montgomery) CAES News
Hospitality and tourism
Hospitality and tourism are a major economic driver in Georgia, and the University of Georgia is working in several key areas to support and expand that industry. The hospitality and tourism industry is Georgia’s second-largest economic contributor (after agriculture) and employs more than 400,000 residents.
UGA Griffin campus Class of 2023 with Jeffrey Dean (center), assistant provost and campus director for UGA Griffin. (Photo by Rick Blackshear) CAES News
Class of 2023
The University of Georgia Griffin campus held its Spring Graduation Celebration and Brick Ceremony for 21 members of the Class of 2023 on May 10, representing four of the colleges that offer degrees at UGA-Griffin.
CAES researchers and UGA Extension agents hope their research findings will provide updated guidelines for producers to improve precooling efficiency and reduce postharvest food losses. CAES News
Reducing Food Waste
Consumers hold high standards for fresh food, which farmers aim to meet, but hot summer temperatures and long-haul deliveries can degrade quality even before produce makes it into stores. In a collaborative study, Angelos Deltsidis, assistant professor of horticulture in the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, teamed up with UGA Cooperative Extension agents to improve upon a decades-old method of precooling to increase efficiency and reduce postharvest losses along the value chain.
The Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) of the dogbane family produces a number of alkaloids of medical interest. Analyses at the cellular level enabled the discovery of genes for the biosynthesis of the two most important natural products from the plant, vincristine and vinblastine, which are used in cancer treatments. (Photo by Angela Overmeyer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) CAES News
Medical Compounds
An international team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany have discovered a promising strategy to decode the metabolic pathways for plant compounds important in medical treatments, according to a new study published in Nature Chemical Biology.
Chatham County senior 4-H wildlife judging team members Derek Wangai, Jason Allman, Jacob Allman and Hayaat Labaran achieved Master 4-H'er status with their first place win. CAES News
Wildlife Judging
Chatham County’s senior 4-H team won first place at the Georgia 4-H State Wildlife Judging contest at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on April 29, earning Master 4-H’er status for team members Jacob Allman, Derek Wangai, Jason Allman and Hayaat Labaran.
From left, UGA President Jere Morehead, University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue, Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture Interim Co-Director Jaime Camelio and University Professor George Vellidis attend the poster competition during the inaugural international conference. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker) CAES News
Integrative Precision Agriculture Conference
Spray drones with pinpoint accuracy, produce-picking robots, autonomous systems to monitor broiler chicken health, and artificial intelligence to predict yield before the buds have faded from the trees — these are some of the solutions integrative precision agriculture promises an industry that is embracing the power of technology to address both age-old and emerging challenges.
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Freshwater Ecology
Of all the elements that make a stream community, there is one, besides the water, that is particularly crucial to the health of the ecosystem. It’s the bugs. Tiny but mighty, aquatic insects are responsible for many vital ecosystem processes that support fish, birds and humans.
Griffin Campus Jack Huang Resized CAES News
Improved PFAS Treatments
University of Georgia researchers in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering are wrapping up the final year of a study to develop improved, cost-effective treatment systems with advanced technologies for removing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances from water, wastewater and biosolids. The team was awarded nearly $1.6 million through a congressionally mandated grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to mitigate PFAS.