Webinar on children’s environmental health

Children’s Environmental Health
Date: October 24, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Please register at: http://bit.ly/PEPH_CEH (registration required)

Description: Children are particularly vulnerable to the negative health effects of environmental toxins because their brains and bodies are still developing. Research in children’s health looks at the effects of air pollution on respiratory diseases, the impact of lead and mercury on cognitive development and behavior, and the influence of prenatal and early life exposures on growth and development. In this webinar, both presenters will highlight their research examining early life exposures to environmental chemicals and adverse health outcomes, and they will discuss possible interventions to reduce the exposures and improve children’s health and wellbeing.

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UK celebrates 50 years of no-till agriculture

Fifty years ago, Christian County farmer Harry Young Jr. planted the nation’s first commercial no-till crop– 0.7 acres of corn. It changed agriculture forever.

This year, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is celebrating the anniversary of this milestone with a series of events.  Young’s son, John, is the featured speaker of the S.H. Phillips Lecture in No-till Agriculture. The late Shirley Phillips was a UK field crops specialist who worked with the late Harry Young to advance the no-till movement. The lecture is 1 p.m. EST Nov. 30 in the Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in UK’s Plant Sciences Building. It is open to the public.

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Beneficial Mold Packaged in Bioplastic

From USDA Agricultural Research Service

By Jan Suszkiw
October 19, 2012

Aflatoxins are highly toxic carcinogens produced by several species of Aspergillus fungi. But not all Aspergillus produce aflatoxin. Some, in fact, are considered beneficial. One such strain, dubbed K49, is now being recruited to battle these harmful Aspergillus relatives, preventing them from contaminating host crops like corn with the carcinogen.

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Mystery of nematode pest-resistant soybeans cracked

From Delta Farm Press

For 50 years, the world’s soybean crop has depended on the use of cyst nematode-resistant varieties of beans, but no one knew how these plants fought off the nematode pests. Now, the secrets of resistant soybean plants are finally coming to light.

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