Posts Tagged ‘research’

Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. […] [...]

MSU ranks in top 10 in ag research for 11th straight year

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University’s commitment to its land-grant mission and to the state’s $7.5 billion agriculture and forestry industry resulted in a top spot in a recently released National Science Foundation report. The National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey for fiscal year 2011 ranked MSU ninth in the nation for research […] [...]

State submits proposal for drone-testing site

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A consortium of companies and universities in Alabama and Tennessee are hoping to develop a site where drones would be tested. If approved, the facility could become one of only a half-dozen sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for research involving unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, the news […] [...]

Could energy beets offer income, alternative energy to farmers?

STARKVILLE — Energy beets could be the answer to Mississippi farmers’ quest for off-season income and provide an alternative energy source for the nation’s expanding biofuels markets. Mississippi State University researchers and Extension agents are examining the growth and profit potential for varieties of energy beets, a nonedible relative of sugarbeets used only in biofuel […] [...]

Governors announce partnership to research oil sands

MOBILE — The governors of Mississippi and Alabama said Saturday their two states will partner to study oil sands resources. Oil sands are a sandy mixture found below the surface containing bitumen. After extracting the sand, the bitumen can be transformed into crude oil that can be refined. Gov. Phil Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert […] [...]

Researchers sampling water around blown out Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Joseph Montoya, a biology professor with Georgia Tech, was performing tests aboard a vessel near the site of the 2010 BP oil spill when […] [...]

Endangered frog getting boost from weather, new research

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — It’s been a good year in the wild and in the lab for one of the world’s most endangered species, the dusky gopher frog. The rainy spring brought a good hatch at two shallow, rain-fed ponds south of Saucier in the DeSoto National Forest. And new lab projects are underway at Mississippi […] [...]

MSU signs agreement with Army on unmanned aircraft research

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is opening a new chapter in its research of unmanned aerial systems. Officials from the land-grant institution were at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday for a memorandum of understanding signing with the U.S. Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS). The agreement will foster collaboration between PM […] [...]

New agricultural research center opens in Delta

STONEVILLE — DuPont Pioneer has opened its new $3 million research center in Stoneville. The Stoneville research center will conduct testing, breeding, characterization and product development of soybeans and corn. It will have 20 full-time worker and 30 part-time employees. The center is the first such research facility in the state of Mississippi. The center […] [...]

Researchers look at improving catfish farmers’ profitability

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists looking to help catfish producers keep costs low and quality high have found catfish can thrive for the first six weeks after hatching by feeding on naturally occurring zooplankton. Several aquaculture researchers at MSU’s Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center compared the growth and survival of two groups of […] [...]

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