Leslie Commey, a graduate student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, studies at Texas Tech University and works with Venugopal Mendu, the lead scientist on the “Developing Aspergillus flavus-resistant peanut using seed coat biochemical markers” project. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Commey) CAES News
Leslie Commey, a graduate student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, studies at Texas Tech University and works with Venugopal Mendu, the lead scientist on the “Developing Aspergillus flavus-resistant peanut using seed coat biochemical markers” project. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Commey)
Student Profile: Leslie Commey
Leslie Commey’s interest in plant breeding came from watching his mother work as a vegetable trader in Ghana. A graduate student in biotechnology, Commey now is studying for a master’s degree at Texas Tech University and working on a Peanut Innovation Lab project to find peanut’s natural defenses against aflatoxin.
Katelyn Bickett (left), a senior agricultural communications major from Chickamauga, Georgia, and Brooke Raniere (right), a junior environmental economics major from Peachtree City, Georgia, will spend 12 weeks in the state Capitol during the legislative session that begins in January 2021. CAES News
Katelyn Bickett (left), a senior agricultural communications major from Chickamauga, Georgia, and Brooke Raniere (right), a junior environmental economics major from Peachtree City, Georgia, will spend 12 weeks in the state Capitol during the legislative session that begins in January 2021.
Legislative Interns
Two students from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have been chosen for Georgia Agribusiness Council Legislative Internships for the spring 2021 Georgia General Assembly legislative session.
UGA researchers will evaluate the impact that detailed flood risk information has on home prices in high-risk zones, the purchase of flood insurance policies and community-level risk mitigation actions. They will also try to determine how communities use different types of flood risk information and how those sources influence their perceptions of flood risk. CAES News
UGA researchers will evaluate the impact that detailed flood risk information has on home prices in high-risk zones, the purchase of flood insurance policies and community-level risk mitigation actions. They will also try to determine how communities use different types of flood risk information and how those sources influence their perceptions of flood risk.
Flood Risks
As residents across the state deal with periods of flood-level rainfall, University of Georgia researchers announce a partnership that will enable them to share flood risk data with other scientists across the U.S.
Senegal relies on importing dairy products to meet the country’s needs, but there is significant potential to enhance economic development in rural areas by supporting small dairy producers, who are predominantly women. CAES News
Senegal relies on importing dairy products to meet the country’s needs, but there is significant potential to enhance economic development in rural areas by supporting small dairy producers, who are predominantly women.
Dairy Food Safety
The University of Georgia has received a $700,000 grant from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety to help improve food safety in the rapidly growing dairy industry in Senegal.
The winners of the 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence are Bob Kemerait, Esther van der Knaap, Gregory Colson, Phillip Edwards and Tim Coolong. CAES News
The winners of the 2020 D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence are Bob Kemerait, Esther van der Knaap, Gregory Colson, Phillip Edwards and Tim Coolong.
Borlaug Delivers 2020 Brooks Lecture
The elemental message communicated by Julie Borlaug during the 2020 D.W. Brooks Lecture on Nov. 10 was that no child should be born in a world with hunger and famine.
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers tested biodegradable pots made from (left to right) wood pulp fiber, cow manure and coconut coir. CAES News
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers tested biodegradable pots made from (left to right) wood pulp fiber, cow manure and coconut coir.
Sustainable Gardening
Professional and home gardeners alike can grow landscapes sustainably with the help of biodegradable plant containers, but gardeners may wonder whether these containers decompose quickly enough to avoid hindering plant growth.
Winners for the 2020 Upcycle Challenge are Owen Aymett, grades 2-5, who made a calf roping dummy;  Nandini Patel, grades 6-8, who created throw pillows; and Liam Jay, grades 10-12, who created a video game cabinet. CAES News
Winners for the 2020 Upcycle Challenge are Owen Aymett, grades 2-5, who made a calf roping dummy;  Nandini Patel, grades 6-8, who created throw pillows; and Liam Jay, grades 10-12, who created a video game cabinet.
Upcycle Challenge
Georgia 4-H students rose to the occasion during the 4-H Upcycle Challenge, which encouraged youth to reuse — or upcycle — materials that normally would have been discarded or recycled to create functional items.
Peyton Collins of Union County had the prize-winning pumpkin, weighing 548 pounds. CAES News
Peyton Collins of Union County had the prize-winning pumpkin, weighing 548 pounds.
Georgia 4-H pumpkin-growing contest
More than 25 pumpkins were submitted to Georgia 4-H's 2020 statewide pumpkin-growing contest, with the largest pumpkin, cultivated in north Georgia’s Union County, weighing in at a whopping 548 pounds.
University of Georgia and University of North Georgia students, faculty and staff representatives met at UNG to celebrate the new transfer agreement between the two institutions. Pictured left to right are: Kayley Edwards and Austin Hill, agriculture/poultry science students at the UNG Gainesville Campus; Linda Purvis, assistant professor of biology, UNG Gainesville; John Leyba, Dean of College of Science and Mathematics at UNG; Jeanelle Morgan, associate department head of biology at UNG Gainesville; Joe West, interim dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Todd Applegate, head of the UGA Department of Poultry Science; and Jessica Fife, outreach coordinator for UGA poultry science. CAES News
University of Georgia and University of North Georgia students, faculty and staff representatives met at UNG to celebrate the new transfer agreement between the two institutions. Pictured left to right are: Kayley Edwards and Austin Hill, agriculture/poultry science students at the UNG Gainesville Campus; Linda Purvis, assistant professor of biology, UNG Gainesville; John Leyba, Dean of College of Science and Mathematics at UNG; Jeanelle Morgan, associate department head of biology at UNG Gainesville; Joe West, interim dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Todd Applegate, head of the UGA Department of Poultry Science; and Jessica Fife, outreach coordinator for UGA poultry science.
Poultry Transfer Agreement
Students interested in careers in the poultry industry will now have access to more poultry science-based resources and a new path to pursue an undergraduate degree through a transfer agreement between the University of Georgia and the University of North Georgia.