CSSA Fellow

first_imgKatrien M. Devos, a professor of crop and soil sciences and plant biology at the University of Georgia, has been named a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).Her nomination and selection as a CSSA Fellow recognizes a career dedicated to breaking new ground in understanding the genetics and evolutionary biology of crops and in the search for more resilient and sustainable crop varieties. From mapping the genomes of orphan crops, like finger and foxtail millet, to tracking the genetic evolution of agronomic and wild grasses, Devos has played an integral role in the development of a more food-secure world.   The CSSA, the premier international scientific society for crop scientists and crop breeders, selects CSSA Fellows to recognize members for professional achievements and meritorious service. Only up to 0.3% of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected as Fellows. Fellowship is the highest level of recognition offered by the society.Since the program was established, 24 UGA professors have been selected as CSSA Fellows; four of them are still active in UGA agricultural research.“Katrien Devos is one of the best researchers in the world in her field,” said Allen Moore, associate dean for research at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). “She is very deserving of this honor and a standout in one of the nation’s top plant breeding, genetics and genomics programs. UGA agricultural research is known around the world as true leader in developing the tools and the scientific knowledge that will lead us into the next great chapter of agricultural advancement.”The CSSA will recognize Devos formally when she travels to San Antonio, Texas, at the society’s awards ceremony this fall.The new CSSA Fellow’s interest in plant genetics started during her undergraduate career. Devos conducted her doctoral research on wheat, and her Triticeae genetic mapping was conducted at Ghent University in Belgium and at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England. She received her doctorate from Ghent University in 1992.Devos continued her career at the John Innes Centre, where she was a pioneer in the field of grass comparative genetics. She was a driving force behind the development of the “crop circles” concept, which demonstrates the relationship between different grass genomes at the genetic level. She also studied millet as a food crop for the developing world.In 1996, Devos received a highly competitive David Phillips Fellowship from the U.K.’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to establish a fully independent research program in the U.K. As a BBSRC Fellow, she made landmark contributions to the field of comparative genomics and genome evolution.She also continued her research on millet and was an integral part of a team — led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics — that developed the first pearl millet cultivar that was bred using marker-assisted breeding for improved downy mildew resistance. The impact of replacing older varieties with this downy-mildew-resistant, early-maturing variety has been estimated at more than $15 million per year.In 2003, Devos joined the University of Georgia with joint appointments in the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics; and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology. At UGA, she established a broad research program that combines basic and applied research to a range of target crops including wheat, switchgrass, seashore paspalum and millet.She played a leading role in the development of the foxtail millet genome sequence and is currently focusing her efforts on bringing finger millet breeding into the 21st century through the development of genetic and genomic resources for the finger millet community. Her pioneering genetic research on finger millet helped to secure a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to generate a reference-quality assembly of the finger millet genome and to study the diversity and evolution of a fungal pathogen that affects yield loss in finger millet.Devos was awarded the UGA Research Foundation’s Creative Research Medal for her work on orphan crops. She was also elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2016. Devos continues to be a pioneer in the field of plant sciences through her cutting-edge research and passion for her work.For more information about Devos’ work at UGA CAES, visit research.franklin.uga.edu/devoslab.last_img read more

Two-lane traffic restored on East West Routes 9 and 11

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) announced the reopening of two (2) major east west routes for two lane traffic today. Bridge # 9 on Route 9 had been restricted to one lane after a second round of inspections found damage that had been hidden by debris. Route 11 in Chester was also reopened to two (2) lane traffic today after being reduced to one lane in late September. While both Routes are open and traffic is flowing well, Vtrans is asking drivers to be very careful as they drive through towns where the local recovery effort is still underway. VTrans 10.4.2011last_img read more

There are more people working in this industry than any other in Queensland

first_imgProperty Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said property was now Queensland’s leading employment sector. Picture: Mark CallejaTHE property industry has now become Queensland’s biggest employer with more people working in the sector than any other.New figures released by AEC Group revealed that it had now overtaken health care and social assistance as major employers.According to the Property Council Queensland the industry created more than 331,400 jobs and was the biggest direct contributor to employment in Queensland.The latest figures showed employment in the industry grew by 38 per cent between the 2014 and 2016 financial years.And as well as employing the most people it also was the biggest direct contributor to Gross State Product, delivering $42.7 billion.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the industry also contributed significantly to tax revenue, forking out about $11.2 billion or 53.7 per cent of the total collected.Of this a whopping $3,050 million was through transfer and stamp duty, while $1,010 million was collected in land tax.The data was also divided into state government electorates to reveal which generated the highest amount of gross product and jobs.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoThe newly named McConnel electorate, which included Brisbane City, Kelvin Grove, Teneriffe, New Farm and Fortitude Valley had a gross product of $4330.9 million and 19,899 full-time equivalent jobs.Mr Mountford said the figures showed how important the property industry was for creating jobs.“Some one in three Queenslanders’ wages rely on our industry directly and indirectly –that’s a huge contribution to the livelihoods of individuals and families,’’ Mr Mountford said.He said the industry covered a whole range of jobs from blue collar to finance and skilled trades.Mr Mountford said the AEC Research, analysed employment and economic activity byindustry sector.last_img read more

Victor Moses arrives Inter Milan for medical

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Victor Moses’ reconciliation with Antonio Conte is nearing completion with the utility player in Italy ahead of securing a loan move to Inter Milan. Videos of Moses in Milan surfaced on social media on Tuesday morning as he underwent a medical with the high-flying Serie A side. The 29-year-old is set to join on loan for the rest of the season with a view to making the deal permanent for £8.5 million in the summer. He had initially arrived in the city on Monday night, having cut short his 18-month loan spell at Turkish side Fenerbahce. Moses is currently deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea and had spent the past 12 months plying his trade with Fenerbahce. However, he is set to be reunited with Conte at Inter after playing a key role in the Italian’s 2016-17 Premier League title triumph while in charge of Chelsea. He featured 34 times in the league that term, scoring three times. Overall the pair worked together at Stamford Bridge for two seasons before Conte was sacked just two months after the end of the 2017-18 campaign. The last season saw them win the FA Cup too. Conte will be hoping the arrival of Moses can aid Inter’s title challenge as they look to usurp Juventus as champions of Italy. Juve (51 points) currently sit four points clear of second-placed Inter (47 points) after 20 matches apiece.Tags: Antonio ConteFernabacheInter MilanSerie AVictor Moseslast_img read more