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Join Jim Anderson at Science Cafe this coming Monday, April 16 at Blue Gill Quality Foods, beginning at 6pm. Registration here.

Congratulations to Karen Garrett on her selection as the 2017 IFAS Global International Achievement Award in recognition of her international contributions to IFAS!

A position as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics is now open with Dr. Asche and Dr. Anderson. UF job listing here.

Congratulations to Arie Havelaar, Brent Devleesschauwer, and colleagues on their recently released book chapter “Burden and Risk Assessment of Foodborne Parasitesin Foodborne Parasites, edited by Ortega and Sterling and the journal article “Risk Ranking of Foodborne Parasites: State of the Art” in Food and Waterborne Parasitology. 

Frank Asche is quoted in this newsweek article on partial removal of shellfish trade barriers between US and EU.

Registration is open for the DSSAT 2018 International Training, May 14-19, 2018 at the University of Georgia, Griffin campus, hosted by Gerrit Hoogenboom. This training program familiarizes participants with a comprehensive computer model for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient and carbon dynamics and their application to real world problems. Each participant will receive the DSSAT Software (Version 4.7 for Windows) and the book Understanding Options for Agricultural Production. More information and registration here.  


Gerrit Hoogenboom conducted a DSSAT training at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria Feb 26 - March 2 with 16 participants and participated in the DOE ARPA-E Workshop Energy-Smart Farm: Distributed Intelligence Networks for Highly Variable and Resource Constrained Crop Production Environments Feb 13-14 in Phoenix.


Jim Anderson is hosting a Florida Aquaculture Think Tank April 27 at ISFS. This meeting brings together aquaculture entrepreneurs and Florida regulators to explore opportunities for government to encourage the development of aquaculture in the state.


Jim Anderson participated in The Economist’s World Ocean Summit, which combines research, governmental, non-profit, and private industry perspectives to address questions about technological innovation, resilience, and risk of the blue economy.


Arie Havelaar, Min Li, and Nitya Singh will be teaching an intensive short course ANS6637: Quantitative microbial risk assessment of pathogens in food systems.  Class meets in Dairy Science Room 201 Tu/Th May 15-June 21 9am-1pm.


Karen Garrett is in Nairobi for a meeting to develop new partnerships for African research at ILRI, followed by a CGIAR roots, tubers, and bananas project meeting and explorations of further collaborations within the CG centers.


Joubert Fayette and James Fulton traveled to Haiti as part of the AREA project for field work on plant disease etiology and management.


Congratulations to Kelsey Anderson for first prize in the Graduate Student Research Award category at the APS Southern Division meeting for her presentation on modeling of epidemics to guide management strategies of sweet potato in Uganda, based on this work.


Save the date for Karen Garrett and Adrian Newton’s keynote “Plant Diseases, Climate Change & Food Security” at the American Phytopathological Society ICPP Boston: Plant Health in a Global Economy meeting July 29- August 3.


Frank Asche was interviewed for this Newsweek article: U.S. and Europe to Stop Being Selfish about Shellfish. Reciprocity in food safety standards could open up large new markets for U.S. shellfish producers, overcoming years of restrictions based on different testing approaches for algae toxins.


Gerrit Hoogenboom welcomes three international visiting scholars: Joao Rossi Neto from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, University of Campinas, Brazil; Dr. Yue Li from the School of Information Sciences and Technology at Gansu Agricultural University, China; and Dr. Daniel Wallach from INRA, Toulouse, France (in collaboration with Senthold Asseng).


Cheryl Palm and Pedro Sanchez are participating the African Development Bank’s Dialogue Mission on the Transformation of the African Savannah Initiative in Zambia. This project, part of the AfDB’s Feed Africa Strategy, will be conducting a pilot to test and demonstrate viable commercial conservation agriculture systems based on lessons learned in South American cerrado production systems.



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