Archive for October, 2013

Scientists: Grass carp breeding in Lake Erie tributary

grass carpGrass carp, one of four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, may have done just that. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey this week announced that four adult grass carp taken from the Sandusky River had been born in the river, which means the species is breeding there. The river flows into Lake Erie at Sandusky Bay. Scientists fear that an invasion of grass carp, silver carp, black carp and/or bigmouth carp may wipe out the lake’s native plants and fish. See stories by NPR, the New York Times and USA Today. (Photo: Grass carp by Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

Want to be a fish farmer? CFAES will train you

fish farming image 2Ohio needs fish farmers. And CFAES’s Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development is offering you a chance to train to become one. (Note: The signup deadline is Nov. 15.) Program organizers say the demand for seafood keeps growing, and the opportunities for making a fish farm a sustainable business are growing right along with it. (Photo: USDA.)

CFAES students’ golden opportunity

wheatCongratulations to CFAES students Michael Hannewald, a senior studying sustainable plant systems (specialization in agronomy, agribusiness minor), and Stephanie Verhoff, a senior agronomy major, plant pathology minor. The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America recently named them two of this year’s 22 national Golden Opportunity Scholars (scroll down).

What plants and soils can tell us about the quality of a wetland

wetland plants“Extensive losses of wetland habitats and their unique communities are major environmental concerns,” says the flier for the next School of Environment and Natural Resources seminar. Martin Stapanian, research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Lake Erie Biological Station (pdf), presents “Soil and Vegetation Indices for Wetland Quality: A Predictive Modeling Approach” from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, with a video link to the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Free. Details.

Why he’s majoring in sustainability: ‘I know I’ll be saving the world one day’ (video)

EEDS student video“All the professors I’ve had in this major love conversations about ways to change the world.” CFAES student Peter Moshier talks about why he chose to major in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (video, 2:06).

CFAES grad students expand their horizons in Tanzania

This past summer four CFAES graduate students traveled to Morogoro, Tanzania, to conduct research with faculty and staff at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Patrick Bell (pictured, right, at Mt. Kilimanjaro), a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP), Claire Sutton (pictured, left), an M.S. student in ESPG, Cade Weston, an M.S. student in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), and Richard Gallenstein, a graduate student in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE), all interned with funding provided by a special travel grant from CFAES's International Programs in Agriculture office (IPA) through the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), a cap...    Read More »

‘Businesses are driving sustainability efforts in the U.S.’

The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper, reported today on CFAES’s new sustainability minor. The minor is offered by the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) program. “When (job) interviewers hear ‘sustainability,’ their eyes light up,” EEDS Coordinator Neil Drobny said in the story. The EEDS program is a joint effort of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. Related post.

‘Agriculture has to be on any agenda for climate change mitigation’

The Washington Post quoted CFAES’s Rattan Lal last week in a story about the World Food Prize event in Iowa. Controversy came up at the event about both genetically modified crops and climate change. “Agriculture has to be on any agenda for climate change mitigation in addition to improving water quality and of course food security,” Lal said in the story. He’s a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the director of CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center.

All out for bats

Last night’s talk on white-nose syndrome in bats drew “an outstanding headcount” of 90 people, according to the Wooster Science Café’s Facebook page.

Beetle’s invasion: Guess what’s now in Europe?

emerald ash borerA disease called ash dieback is killing Europe’s ash trees. And now they face another new threat: Emerald ash borer, an Asian native that has wiped out millions of ashes in the U.S. and Canada, including Ohio. BBC Radio 4 recently talked with CFAES’s Enrico Bonello about the insect’s devastating impact (link to audio; his interview starts at around 19:11 but the whole story’s worth a listen). (Photo: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,