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Aug. 8 2012

Listening to crops: UGA researcher is developing a sensor to detect when plants are under attack

The smell of freshly cut grass may stir memories of baseball parks, cookouts or lazy summer afternoons in the suburbs, but what we perceive as a sweet aroma is actually the plant equivalent of a distress call, one that the grass releases to signal that the lawn is under attack.

Jul. 27 2012

A growing effort: UGA professors receive $2 million to speed biofuel development

In the ongoing search for cleaner, renewable energy sources, biofuels derived from trees, shrubs and grasses have emerged as a strong candidate. But creating the next generation's energy source is not as simple as growing a few crops; extensive research is required to ensure that these plants produce enough biomass and fuel per acre to make biomass farming economically viable.

Jul. 19 2012

Overuse of deworming drugs led to widespread resistance among parasites

A long forgotten foe is beginning to reemerge on pastures and meadows around the world, and farmers are finding that they have no way to combat it. Parasitic worms infecting cows, sheep, goats and horses are becoming resistant to the drugs used to kill them, and if changes are not made in how the few remaining drugs that still work are used, there may be no way left to fight the growing threat, according to Ray Kaplan, a University of Georgia professor in the department of infectious diseases.

Jun. 13 2012

UGA researcher developing new vaccine to fight resurging mumps virus

Mumps may seem like a disease of a bygone era to many people in the U.S. who, thanks to immunization programs, have been spared the fever, aches and characteristic swollen jawline of the once common viral infection. Biao He, a University of Georgia professor of infectious diseases and a Georgia Research Alliance distinguished investigator in the College of Veterinary Medicine, worries that a new strain of the virus is spreading, and it could lead to the widespread reintroduction of mumps. Now, thanks in part a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, He and his team are working on a new vaccine to stop it.

May. 22 2012

GPS for the brain: UGA researchers develop new brain map

University of Georgia researchers have developed a map of the human brain that shows great promise as a new guide to the inner workings of the body's most complex and critical organ.

May. 18 2012

Hitting parasites where they hurt: New research shows promise in the fight against toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world. In the U.S. it is estimated that more than 22 percent of the population 12 years and older have been infected with toxoplasma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apr. 30 2012

UGA graduate student wins Singularity University scholarship to grow food indoors

University of Georgia doctoral student Erico Rolim de Mattos envisions a world where exploding human populations, global climate change and land overdevelopment has rendered mankind incapable of producing enough food to sustain humanity. This scenario is a very real possibility, and it has captured the minds of specialists from organizations like NASA and the United Nations.

Mar. 26 2012

Nobel Prize winner to deliver Boyd Lecture at UGA

Bruce Beutler, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will deliver the 2012 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture. He will speak at 4 p.m. on April 11, in room 102 of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. His lecture is titled "Forward Genetic Analysis of Innate Immunity."

Mar. 22 2012

Noted UGA chemist named SURA distinguished scientist

The Southeastern Universities Research Association announced Henry F. Schaefer III, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, will receive its 2012 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award.

Feb. 16 2012

UGA animal vaccine may slow deadly spread of Chagas disease

Chagas disease is the single most common cause of congestive heart failure and sudden death in the world. The devastating parasitic infection affects millions of people throughout Central and South America. But as global travel increases, it's becoming a greater threat in the United States and Europe as well.

Feb. 10 2012

Grass to gas: UGA researchers’ genome map speeds biofuel development

Researchers at the University of Georgia have taken a major step in the ongoing effort to find sources of cleaner, renewable energy by mapping the genomes of two originator cells of Miscanthus x giganteus, a large perennial grass with promise as a source of ethanol and bioenergy.

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