Fresh from the Field, Feb. 15, 2018

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Fresh from the Field is a weekly album showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

This week's issue is dedicated to our 1890 land-grant university partners and to honor the many achievements of African-Americans.

Editor: Falita Liles                                                                                                   Feb.15, 2018

Success Stories

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Nanomaterials Detection in Food, Water, and Environmental Waste

Use of nanotechnology is increasing in virtually every segment of the food industry. Delaware State University acquired an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer, an instrument that can detect metals and several non-metals at micro levels of concentration in pharmacology, toxicology, and water quality and safety testing. To date, three graduate students in applied chemistry and food science and three undergraduate students have been trained and are currently proficient in running experiments independently.

NIFA supports this research through the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.

Learn more at NIFA's Data Gateway USDA photo.

News Coverage 

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Development of Sustainable Food Packaging Systems Derived from Renewable Biomass

Tuskegee University researchers are using biomass wastes to create food packaging systems with advanced antimicrobial properties. The researchers isolated cellulose from stevia and sugarcane and incorporated polymers to develop the active bio-plastic packaging film, proving the potential of cellulose-based composite films for high-end applications.

NIFA supports this research through the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.

Learn more at NIFA's Data Gateway Photo by Getty Images.

The Library 

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Genome-Wide Association Identifies Alpine Goats with High Milk Production

Researchers at Langston University are using genome-wide association to identify Alpine goats that produce the most milk. In addition, Langston faculty have developed advanced laboratory techniques and methods of data analysis, which have been used for training and professional development. Over 200 milk samples from which DNA were collected, SNP assays conducted, and Genome-Wide Association Study analyses were used to generate decipherable data.

NIFA supports this research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

Learn more at NIFA's Data Gateway USDA Photo.


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Smart Media and Livestock Management Concerns

Prairie View A & M University (PVAMU) researchers and extension agents developed a community-based website providing short videos demonstrating livestock management concerns for the local farmers and ranchers. PVAMU created the videos to assist in identifying livestock management issues and solving them. The resource builds on the needs of clientele and adds to the existing literature regarding goat research. The entire project seeks to adapt the use of smart media as an invaluable tool to allow extension agents to assist their clientele in identifying livestock management issues and ultimately finding solutions for these issues. Currently, PVAMU is developing an app for on-site diagnosis tool.

NIFA supports this research through Evans-Allen Research Program

Watch the PVAMU Livestock Videos. USDA Photo.

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