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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.
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BBQ and You
At the University of Georgia, undergraduate students spend their first years as young adults gaining vital skills that last a lifetime — deeper knowledge, practical capabilities and, in select cases, grill master status. The first-year seminar class “BBQ and You,” taught by John Michael Gonzalez and Alexander Stelzleni in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, is tailored for students interested in improving their barbecue technique.
CAES professor Glen Rains holds the control panel to the “Little Red Rover.” The rover is a multipurpose robotic tool that can be used for planting, weed and pest management, and more. The robotic arm’s prototype camera is monitoring a small cotton plant. (Katie Walker) CAES News
4D Farm
Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have been awarded nearly $4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a climate-smart “4-D Farm.”
There is a current recall for 5- and 10-pound bags of Unbleached Gold Medal Flour and 2-and 5-pound bags of Bleached Gold Medal Flour with better-if-used-by dates of March 27, 2024, and March 28, 2024. Throw away recalled flour, and never eat uncooked flour, which is a raw ingredient. To safely heat-treat flour at home, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, spread the flour 3/4 inches deep or less on a baking sheet, and bake for six minutes. CAES News
Flour Recall
Though flour does not seem to be a raw ingredient, most flour is raw and is considered a "not-ready-to-eat" ingredient, meaning it should not be consumed uncooked. Flour is at risk of contamination with harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, pathogens that can cause foodborne illnesses in people who consume contaminated, raw flour.
Scott Chatham, owner and president of Chatham Landscape (fourth from left) recently brought his management team to UGA-Griffin for a tour and training of the irrigation demonstration site, located on the Griffin campus. The group met with Rolando Orellana (third from right), the brainchild behind the site, and his colleagues to learn more about the proper installation and use of irrigation in landscaping. CAES News
Irrigation Demonstration
The University of Georgia Griffin campus hosted its first training for a landscape company, Chatham Landscape, at its new irrigation demonstration site in April. Chatham Landscape is a sponsor of the site designed for training, research and education in new irrigation technologies.