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COVID digestive symptoms
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts and health officials have witnessed a wide variety of symptoms — one patient may have a severe cough, while another may have no symptoms at all. A new study by University of Georgia virologist Malak Esseili points to the reasons that some patients have digestive issues with COVID-19 and others do not.
The East Asian Joro spider, officially known as Trichonephila clavata, likely arrived in the U.S. on a shipping container around 2013. The species is native to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. CAES News
Joro Spiders
Joro spiders are polarizing figures. If you live in Georgia, you’ve likely seen the massive-but-harmless spiders hanging between power lines or from the eaves of your house, their golden webs glistening in the sunlight. While some find them a fascinating effect of globalization, others don’t care how they got here. They just want them gone.
Mia Burnett, 4-H Ambassador for pollinators, tests a honey sample during training at Rock Eagle 4-H center in June. Burnett is one of 62 high-school students chosen for the 2022-23 Georgia 4-H Ambassador Program. CAES News
Georgia 4-H Ambassadors
Georgia 4-H has chosen 62 high-school students for the Georgia 4-H Ambassador Program to represent the organization in the program areas of Healthy Living, STEM, Tech, Wildlife and Pollinators around the state. Representing 42 Georgia counties, ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process and attended a comprehensive training weekend at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in June.
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Master Agri-manager Program
Since launching Silo Springs Ranch in 2020, Audrey Gravelle and her husband have jumped many hurdles associated with starting a farm. They’ve found a meat processor, formed a limited liability company and marketed the finished product — in this case, grass-fed and finished cattle that is processed locally and sold directly to customers in Georgia. Starting a farm or agribusiness is more complicated than often realized — and comes with plenty of risk.
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has named Francisco Diez-Gonzalez the 2022 recipient of the Harry Haverland Citation Award. “By serving IAFP, I contribute to creating opportunities for younger generations,” Diez said. CAES News
Harry Haverland Citation Award
Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, is the 2022 recipient of the Harry Haverland Citation Award from the International Association for Food Protection. Diez was nominated for the award, which is given “to an individual for years of devotion to the ideals and objectives of IAFP,” by 2003 Harry Haverland award recipient and CFS emeritus faculty member Larry Beuchat.
Fanbin Kong with a gastric simulation model in his laboratory in the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology. CAES News
Testing Probiotic Effectiveness
When you take a probiotic supplement, you are likely under the assumption that all those billions of beneficial bacteria will happily establish themselves in your digestive tract, providing a range of health benefits. But despite extensive study, it is not clear how well probiotics can survive the gastrointestinal tract.
The Southern IPM Center has recognized UGA Extension fruit pathologist Phil Brannen for his significant contributions to commercial fruit growers. CAES News
IPM Hall of Fame
The Southern Integrated Pest Management Center has inducted University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit pathologist Phil Brannen into the Integrated Pest Management Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to commercial fruit growers throughout the Southern U.S. over the past 30 years.
New interdisciplinary pilot program explores funding salt marsh preservation and recovery CAES News
Salt Marsh Preservation
How much is a salt marsh worth? That’s one of the questions the University of Georgia and The Nature Conservancy will try to answer as they launch a pilot study funded by Georgia Sea Grant to determine the socioeconomic value of salt marsh ecosystems in Georgia.
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Global Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance
The overuse of the antibiotic colistin has contributed to the rise of antimicrobial resistance, “one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity,” according to the World Health Organization. To preserve colistin’s efficacy, the U.S. does not use it in food animals, and now, thanks to the efforts of University of Georgia Professor Issmat Kassem, Lebanon has followed suit, banning it for agricultural use.