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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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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 and development expenditures in agricultural ...

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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 production. “Because they are traditionally ...

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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 the Hercules 265 well blew ...

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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 held a formal opening this ...

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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 recently hatched catfish, called fry. ...

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Scientists studying cancer in dogs; could lead to new treatments humans

STARKVILLE — A group of veterinarians at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to better understand cancer in dogs, work that will likely also advance knowledge of human cancer. MSU scientists said there is little difference between cancerous tumors found in dogs and humans, and the opportunity to help both human and canine patients is growing. “The ...

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NVision expands through new agreement with QinetiQ

HANCOCK COUNTY — NVision Solutions Inc. has expanded its engineering services and capabilities through a strategic licensing agreement with QinetiQ North America Inc. (QNA) and the addition of personnel with expertise in underwater sensors and acoustic telemetry. Under its agreement with QNA, NVision will have the exclusive right to further develop and license to end users QNA’s proprietary SAKI technology, ...

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The Accelerator adds three new tenants, including GE Aviation

HATTIESBURG — The Accelerator, the University of Southern Mississippi’s technology commercialization center, has added new tenants GE Aviation, Radiance Technologies and Vatican Capital. GE Aviation, which just opened a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility in Ellisville has leased space at The Accelerator and is working with Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College to produce employee ...

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