Franklin joint-appointment faculty receive $2 million for biofuel development

Posted 5 years 10 months ago

Faculty appointments that facilitate collaborations across the UGA campus continue to pay off:

with the help of grants from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, University of Georgia professors Chung-Jui Tsai and Andrew Paterson are conducting fundamental research to better understand the plants that may one day produce the fuel that powers our vehicles and homes.


History researcher ties 'Green Revolution' to the American South

Posted 5 years 11 months ago
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The Green Revolution refers to a series of research, development and technology transfer initiatives between the 1940's and the late 1970's that increased agricultural production around the world. This campaign disseminated U.S. agricultural methods, such as the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hybrid seeds and the like to farmers throughout the developing world of the mid-twentieth century. Up to now, most scholars have credited the Rockefeller Foundation with devising the formulas behind this technology transfer, pointing to the Foundation's "Mexican Agricultural Program...

Climatologists note dramatic surface ice melt in Greenland

Posted 5 years 11 months ago

In widely reported findings, UGA climatologists and NASA independently confirm that during several days this month, nearly the entire ice sheet of Greenland experienced some degree of melting on its surface.

On average, about half of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet naturally melts in the summer. The new data—from three different satellites—show that an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface thawed at some point in mid-July.

"This is the first time we have witnessed almost all of the ice sheet melt in the three decades of satellite data," said Thomas Mote,...

Nanoscale researchers develop rapid diagnostic tests

Posted 5 years 11 months ago

In a series of studies, UGA researchers have developed a single-step method that can detect viruses, bacteria and chemical contaminants:

"The results are unambiguous and quickly give you a high degree of specificity," said senior author Yiping Zhao, professor of physics in the UGA Franklin College of Arts...

UGA exhibit focuses on the Power of Microbes

Posted 5 years 11 months ago

Students and faculty from the Franklin College and other units staffed UGA's bioenergy exhibit at the second annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, held this spring in Washington, D.C.

During the event, [associate professor microbiology Anna]Karls and five graduate students from the microbiology department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences showed visitors how microbes convert garbage and waste into...