New Entomologist

first_imgBill Snyder, the newest researcher to join the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, is looking forward to working with the wide diversity of soils, climates and cropping systems in the Southeastern U.S. He joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty in July and is based on the main campus in Athens.Snyder comes to Georgia from Washington State University where, for nearly 20 years, he served as the biocontrol specialist in the Department of Entomology. In that position, he was responsible for statewide biological control research and extension work in a wide array of vegetable crops on both large and small farms, including many organic farms.Out west, his research was focused on the value of on-farm biodiversity for natural pest control. Intensified, modern farming methods often lead to very large fields of single crops because of the efficiency of production at that scale. However, removing natural habitats and simplifying the range of plant species grown can make it difficult for beneficial pollinators, predatory insects, soil bacteria and other helpful species to survive.As part of his research efforts, Snyder looked for ways to return beneficial biodiversity to farms to restore valuable “ecosystem services” while maintaining farm productivity and profitability.Snyder and his laboratory team have developed a new interest in the ecology of food safety on the farm. In the Pacific Northwest, they found that dung beetles and antagonistic soil microbes effectively suppress pathogenic E. coli that otherwise can contaminate fresh produce.Their recent work is beginning to suggest that wild songbirds, sometimes viewed as vectors of human pathogens best excluded from farms, eat many pest insects and pose few food safety risks.At UGA, Snyder hopes to pursue similar food safety work alongside research into how beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil allow plants to protect themselves against plant-feeding insects and attract predatory insects to their defense. He also intends to continue to research with farmers interested in learning more about beneficial insects, birds, or soil organisms on their farms.Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in ecology from Clemson University and a doctoral degree in entomology at the University of Kentucky. His graduate work focused primarily on the ecology of predatory insects and spiders, including those important for the biological control of agricultural pests.last_img read more

Baggies could lose sponsor – report

first_img The suggestion follows Anelka’s controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture made during Albion’s 3-3 draw at West Ham on December 28, which the Football Association is currently investigating. When contacted by Press Association Sport, spokespersons for both West Brom and Zoopla, a property and house prices website, declined to comment on Marketing Week’s report. Press Association West Brom sponsor Zoopla has reportedly threatened to withdraw its lucrative shirt deal with the club unless Nicolas Anelka is axed from the team. John Simpson, West Brom’s head of communications, said: “West Bromwich Albion will be making no further comment until the Football Association has concluded its investigation, and the club its own internal inquiry, into the matter.” Zoopla’s head of communications, Lawrence Hall, added: “We are not commenting at this stage.” It is understood Zoopla is far from happy with West Brom’s decision to continue to play Anelka despite the furore surrounding the gesture, which has been declared by some to be anti-Semitic. Zoopla is co-owned by a Jewish businessman, Alex Chesterman. The reported claim is that Zoopla will pull out of its deal with Albion, which currently has another six months to run, should Anelka play in Monday’s Barclays Premier League match against Everton at The Hawthorns. It is believed West Brom, whose new head coach Pepe Mel tackles his first game in charge against Everton, are still intending to play Anelka. The issue has overshadowed the club for the last three weeks, and unsurprisingly they have now called on the FA to bring it to a close. The FA was criticised this week by Kick It Out for its initial silence on the matter, and for not acting quickly enough, with the campaign group calling for “an urgent decision”. The FA has so far made no comment other than to state an independent expert was aiding its probe, and there would be no further update until January 20 at the earliest. There is a possibility Anelka will be handed a lengthy ban should he be charged and found guilty, denying the club a key striker for a phase of their bid to avoid relegation this season. With the Baggies selling Shane Long to Hull for a fee that could rise to £7million, the potential loss of Anelka would further weaken Mel’s forward options, and with the clock ticking towards the closure of the transfer window at the end of the month. West Brom’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said of the Anelka issue, before the sponsorship issue emerged: “There are investigations ongoing, and while they are we won’t make any comment.” Pressed on the matter, Garlick added: “People can speculate there is a turn of events where we might be two strikers down. “It would help everyone for that investigation to be over as soon as possible, and the FA have given their statement about how quickly they will do that.” last_img read more

Cech to hold talks with Chelsea.

first_imgIt’s claimed Cech would like to join rivals Arsenal, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly also keen.It’s believed Chelsea would prefer to sell to the French champions for a fee of around eleven million pounds.Cech, who has been at Chelsea for eleven seasons, has one year left on his contract.last_img

APS superintendent offers tours of Besser and Wilson Elementary Schools ahead of bond election

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — On Wednesday, we took a look at conditions inside Ella White Elementary and Alpena High School ahead of Tuesday’s election. Today, we’ll show you what students are dealing with at Besser and Wilson Elementary schools.The problems in these buildings are common across the district: leaky roofs, inefficient heating systems, and discomfort for the students who spend seven hours a day in these conditions.Superintendent John VanWagoner says, “It [the district] needs a roof and it needs some heating and the boiler and plumbing things that are just aged out and you just can’t get parts for anymore.”Arguably, the biggest problem at Besser is the roof. In classrooms, in the hallway, everywhere you look, buckets are keeping water from wetting the floor and dripping on students.“This is a classroom that we have kids in right now. This is their everyday class and they have to move their desks and everything because a different leak pops up just about every day. So the buckets are filling up with water. As we speak, there’s dripping and we have to move the chrome books, we have to move desks and stuff. Carpet gets saturated with water and we have to dry it out and clean it, almost on a daily basis,” explains VanWagoner.You can see similar problems at Wilson. One teacher says she constantly has to rearrange furniture just so the water doesn’t pour onto students and their books. But this is just the effect of a much larger problem.Building and grounds supervisor for APS, Kurt Konieczny, says the roofing system is to blame. “This roof drain – it’s dry and we have standing water all over here on these corners. So really what needs to happen is the foam and insulation needs to be re–done, wedges put in, and everything needs to be funneled back to the roof drains. A lot of this standing water in areas like this does not help us out on days like today.”Superintendent VaWagoner’s goal for this proposal is to keep kids safe, warm, and dry. That’s a challenge that is just getting more difficult with time. Many of the schools have heating and plumbing systems that are original to the buildings. To put things in perspective, the boiler system at Wilson is 63-years-old and Besser’s is 62-years-old. They’ve been repaired numerous times since their installation in the 50s. VanWagoner says the district has done its best to rebound financially over the last few years. Now, it’s time to put the kids first.“A lot people have asked questions about, you know, why haven’t maybe they been fixed throughout the years and a lot of people don’t realize that the district was essentially bankrupt six years ago. All the employees in the district took a 10 percent pay cut that they’ve never gotten back. We’re at a point now where things are so bad, and things are so desperate, that the help of the bond would make a big difference to keeping our kids truly safe, warm and dry.”WBKB did not tour every school, but these buildings are representative of what students are experiencing across the district. If you would like more information, or would like to take a tour a of your child’s school, reach out to school administrators or to Superintendent John VanWagoner ahead of Tuesday’s election. You can also visit alpenaschools.com to learn more about what will be updated if the bond is approved.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public School, Alpena Public Schools, APS, Besser, Bond Proposal, Dr. John VanWagoner, School, superintendent, WilsonContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena Fire Department warns of charity scamNext Hospice of Michigan enlisting the help of veteranslast_img read more