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MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Stoneville. “If ...

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NOAA scientists plan to fly drones into hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend hours spiraling in a hurricane’s ...

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Scientists looking to whack herbicide-resistant weeds

Mississippi is under siege, and a thin line of Mississippians is all that stands in the way of the invaders. The Magnolia State sits atop yet another undesirable national ranking — the species of weeds that are resistant to glyphosate, a common herbicide once known as Round-up. The number of glyphosate-resistent weeds has been growing at least since the late ...

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MSU scientists develop new undercutter for sweet potatoes

STARKVILLE — A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest. The undercutter prototype, made from off-the-shelf components, shows early potential to help lower harvest and post-harvest losses caused by skinning, said Jason Ward, assistant Extension professor in MSU’s Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department. ...

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Stoneville scientist's work gets worldwide attention

STONEVILLE — A Stoneville researcher’s work to eliminate a particularly pernicious corn pest has attracted international collaboration. Hamed Abbas, a plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Cesare Accinelli, a microbiologist with the University of Bologna in Italy, are researching chemical-free methods — employing bioplastics — to prevent aflatoxin contamination of corn crops. “The concept ...

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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. “In white-tailed deer, large antlers ...

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New plant means more active partnership with university

ELLISVILLE and HATTIESBURG — The official opening of GE Aviation’s new plant in Ellisville will mark a significant uptick in the partnership between the manufacturer and the University of Southern Mississippi. Tomorrow, GE Aviation opens its new facility at the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville. Previously, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials collaborated with GE Aviation ...

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Beachcombers can look for research project's 'drift cards'

GULF OF MEXICO — A Texas A&M University research program could put cash in a finder’s pocket for something that washes ashore along the Gulf of Mexico. So-called “drift cards” are meant to study ocean currents. People who report the location of the biodegradable notes will be eligible to win a $25 gift card. Piers Chapman, who is head of ...

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NASA awards Space Launch System grant to MSU

STARKVILLE — NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement to seek solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial lift capability to a larger, ...

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Scientists studying rooftop gardens on Coast

GULFPORT — Horticulture scientists at Mississippi State University are studying and recording the effects of the coastal climate on rooftop gardens in Gulfport. When they learned the eight green roofs at the Armed Forces Retirement Home were struggling to survive, Christine Coker and Gary Bachman, both horticulture scientists at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center, knew they could help. “We ...

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