Published on 12/20/01

2001 in Review: Science

Researchers, Unique Facility Fight Toxin in Peanuts (March 22, 2001) - Researchers at the Georgia Envirotron in Griffin, Ga., say the unique facility is helping them fight a costly foe of the peanut industry.

Knowing a Little Biology Helps Fight Ants (March 28, 2001) - When you make your spring chore list, don't forget to "feed" the ants. To fight ants properly, University of Georgia experts say you have to know a little ant biology.

The GMO Controversy and the Ivory Tower (April 3, 2001) - In the age of the Internet and laser eye surgery, most people would agree with scientists that basic research and resulting technologies help society. But when technology has fallen short -- from Three Mile Island to mad cow disease – the public has come face-to-face with science's fallibility.

One Wood Chip or Two? New 'Sugar' Source (April 4, 2001) - Would you like one or two wood chips to sweeten your coffee? How about sweetening your cereal with a few cottonseed hulls?

Brave New Herd: UGA Unveils Cloned Calves (June 26, 2001) - After almost two years of research, University of Georgia scientists have successfully cloned eight healthy calves.

Farm-crop Fuel May Become Industrial Cleanser (August 1, 2001) - Fuel made from farm crops has been around for years, but a University of Georgia agricultural engineer has found they make great industrial strength cleansers, too.

Researcher Uses DNA to Track Termites (September 18, 2001) - Knowing which termites are kin and where they've been may be the key to more effectively controlling the pests. And scientists are closing in. They're using DNA technology to track their travels and find their family trees.

Scientists Getting to Point of Pollution (September 24, 2001) - Walk along the banks of the Savannah River. Fish the Chattahoochee. Swim in the Flint. Chances are you'll see a sign warning of the potential risk due to pollution. But often, it's not easy to determine exactly where that pollution is coming from.

Electric Water Kills Plant, Food Pathogens (September 28, 2001) - A University of Georgia scientist has found an environmentally friendly product nurserymen can use to kill plant diseases. What is it? Water.

Scientist Searching Genes in Self-cloning Plants (November 13, 2001) - A tool that could potentially improve the efficiency, yields and quality of agriculture around the world has remained elusive to commercial farming. But a University of Georgia researcher in Tifton, Ga., is trying to change that.

Newfound Protein May Help Control Fire Ants (November 16, 2001) - University of Georgia scientists have discovered a protein in fire ants that may lead to a new way of using their own biology against them. The protein is linked to red imported fire ants' senses of smell and taste.

Scientists Complete Peanut Molecular Map (November 26, 2001) - University of Georgia researchers have completed the first comprehensive molecular map of the peanut plant. Like a roadmap, it will give scientists the directions they need to develop better varieties for farmers and better products for consumers.

Study Paves Way to Water-efficient Cotton (December 18, 2001) - A six-year study by University of Georgia and Israeli scientists has paved the way to cotton varieties that can brave the weather's whims by using water better.

Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.