Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Oil spill panel: BP missed systemic hazards, lax on overall safety

WASHINGTON — BP focused too much on the little details of personal worker safety instead of the big systemic hazards that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and wasn’t as strict on overall safety when drilling rigs involved other companies that they hired, a government safety panel concludes. Eleven workers were killed […] [...]

Plant pathologist’s work could lead to new drug for humans

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University plant pathology researcher’s discovery of an agricultural phenomenon could lead to the development of a new antifungal drug. The potential drug shows significant promise for the treatment of serious fungal infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy treatments and those with HIV or AIDS. […] [...]

Corps: New National Wetland Plant List now available

VICKSBURG —The updated National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) is now available, reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. The NWPL plays a critical role in wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act. Wetlands are evaluated using three parameters — soils, hydrology and vegetation. Using sampling protocols outlined in the Regional Supplements to the […] [...]

Invasive cogongrass spreading, overtaking native species

by Associated Press Published: May 8,2012

Tags: environment, federal agency, habitat, herbicides, invasive species, plants, state agency, trees, weed, wildlife

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists cogongrass in its assessment of the world’s worst weeds. The Enterprise-Journal reports the weed has made its way into southwest Mississippi and is overtaking surrounding plant life worse than the more familiar kudzu. Cogongrass came from southeast Asia and was introduced into Florida and southern Louisiana, […] [...]

UM researchers looking at medicinal plants

by MBJ Staff Published: December 22,2011

Tags: colleges, education, health, healthcare, medicine, plants, universities

OXFORD — Scientists at the University of Mississippi, together with colleagues at a number of other institutions around the country, have developed new resources poised to unlock yet another door in the hidden garden of medicinally important compounds found in plants. The resources were developed by the Medicinal Plant Consortium, led by Joe Chappell, professor […] [...]

Researchers look at ways to raise healthier poinsettias

by MBJ Staff Published: December 16,2011

Tags: agriculture, colleges, education, flowers, higher education, plant diseases, plants, research, universities

STARKVILLE — Researchers at Mississippi State University have found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly strategy for fighting one of the most serious soil-borne diseases in poinsettia production. Pythium stem and root rot is a common problem in poinsettia production because the fungus thrives in cool, saturated and poorly drained soils, said Maria Tomaso-Peterson, associate research […] [...]

EPA to hold meeting on Kerr-McGee site cleanup

by Associated Press Published: October 27,2011

Tags: cleanup, environment, federal government, manufacturing, plants, pollution, public meeting, public meetings

COLUMBUS — The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting today on cleanup of the Kerr-McGee Chemical plant site in Columbus. In September, the EPA announced the Kerr-McGee plant had been added to its Superfund list, a program for cleaning up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites. WTVA-TV reports the EPA will present an […] [...]

Oil-Dri completes expansion for cat litter line

by MBJ Staff Published: July 13,2011

Tags: expansions, manufacturing, plants

BLUE MOUNTAIN — Oil-Dri Corporation of America has completed the expansion of its facility in Blue Mountain, increasing capacity for a new line of Cat’s Pride cat litter. Oil-Dri’s subsidiary, Blue Mountain Production Company, underwent a $9-million expansion, increasing the facility by 41,000 square feet. This includes improved automated systems aimed at producing high-quality products […] [...]

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