Archive for October, 2014

No trick, no treat, alien spotted in trees

closeup of emerald ash borer for GBForget Godzilla. Never mind zombies. Monsters have come to Ohio. Here are 10 invasive species currently on the loose …

It’s hard to be a coyote in the city … or is it?

Coyotes aren’t just surviving in cities, they’re thriving, says CFAES scientist Stan Gehrt, who studies the creatures in Chicago. Emily Caldwell of Ohio State’s University Communications office recently talked to him about some of his latest findings. Has he unlocked the secrets to urban coyotes’ success?

Growing greener car parts

picture of green carTwo University of Guelph researchers, writing in today’s Globe and Mail, explain why car makers are investing in biomaterials. CFAES scientists, too, are leading work in that field. Video here (1:44). (Photo: iStock.)

Today at 3:30: Western corn rootworm and Bt corn

picture of western corn rootwormIowa State University’s Aaron Gassmann discusses “Biotechnology and Agricultural Sustainability: Insights from Interactions Between Western Corn Rootworm and Bt Corn” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 29, in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. You also can watch by video link in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, at Ohio State in Columbus. Free. Details: Gassmann’s lab studies, among other things, resistance to Bt corn by the western corn rootworm, a key U.S. corn pest (pictured is an adult male). Bt corn has been genetically modified for resistance to certain pests. (Photo: Tom Hlavaty, USDA-ARS.)

Keep it clean: New fertilizer applicator training in the works

picture of blue waterblue waterCFAES is ramping up its efforts to improve Ohio’s water quality through a new fertilizer applicator certification training program.

‘A lasting impact on students’

picture of Dorothy TeaterA $500,000 gift from Dorothy Teater, pictured, and her four sons to CFAES will help both natural resources students and in-career professionals. The gift establishes the Dr. Robert W. Teater Endowed Fund (#482635), named after Mrs. Teater’s late husband, a director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for eight years. Before that, he had been director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. For more information on this gift and others to CFAES, click here. (Photo: Matthew Marx.)

How to keep phosphorus on crop fields, out of water

picture of healthy corn field

Farmers can boost their yields and protect water, too, by using a set of best management practices when they apply fertilizer this fall, says a team of CFAES experts. The team, which has studied and refined the practices, is sharing details on them with farmers around Ohio. (Photo: iStock.)

‘It’s absolutely inspiring to be here’

An Idealist Grad Fair is coming to Ohio State on Oct. 27. Watch a video on what the fair offers here (4:10) and what it looks like here (2:14). Hosting the event is Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Oct. 23: Climate change’s impacts on birds

picture of Atlantic puffinThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Computer Modeling, Climate Change and Impact on Birds” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., in Columbus. Featured will be the difference between climate and weather, the importance of computer models in understanding the atmosphere, and groundbreaking research on the impact of climate change on birds and their ranges. Free. To view the event online, click here. Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. (Photo: Atlantic puffin, iStock.)

Nov. 12 forecast: Sunny. Windy. Anaerobic digestively

solar panels for GBExperts from industry and academia will share their expertise on emerging green energy opportunities during a daylong workshop to be held Nov. 12 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. Press release here. Event flier with agenda and registration form here. There’s a discount for early registration (by Nov. 4) and for students. (Photo: iStock.)