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News

Check out some of the latest happenings here at the SPAR.

2013:

2012:

2011:

  • 28 January, 2011: Dr. George Hopper and Dr. Dan Reynolds visited the SPAR facility. Presented the SPAR capabilities to the administrators.
  • 18 March, 2011: Briefed SPAR capabilities to Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice-President, Agriculture and Life Sciences, MSU.
  • 11 July, 2011: Briefed on SPAR capability to Mr. Howard Brown (Senior Staffer with the Legislative Budget Office, Jackson, Mississippi ), John Tomlinson (Gov't Relations Officer, University Governmental Support, MSU), and Dr. Wes Burger (Associate Director, MAFES).
  • 13 August 2011: Briefed and presented the SPAR capabilities to a group of Scientists and Administrators from China, and Drs. Rubin Moore and Dr. Wes Burger (Associate Director, MAFES, MSU) who visited and toured the SPAR facility.
  • 29 August, 2011: Briefed the SPAR capabilities to the Staff of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Dr. Mike Phillips, Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.
  • 14 October, 2011: Briefed SPAR capabilities to a group consisting of Dr. Rick Barr and Dr. Alfred Barr and Dr. Wes Burger (Associate Director, MAFES).

2010:

  • Dr. Ramón A. Arancibia, Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University – MAFES, 8320 Hwy 15 South, Pontotoc, MS 38863 visited our laboratory to discuss on AFRI-Funded project on Sweetpotato responses to abiotic stresses such as temperature, CO2 and drought and modeling from 8 August, 2010.
  • Dr. Prasanta K. Subudhi, Associate Professor, School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA, visited our laboratory to develop collaborative research projects, 8-12 September, 2010.
  • Dr. Zenaida Magbanua, Head of Genomics Lab, IITA Ibadan, Nigeria visited our facility to learn and to develop collaborative research projects on physiological genetics, 9 September, 2010.
  • Dr. Paramasivam Sivapatham, Associate Professor, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA, visited our lab to develop collaborative research projects for USDA-AFRI, 6 June 2010.
  • 15 May, 2010: What's blooming at Bully's landscapes
  • 18 February, 2010: Three posters were presented at the Producer Advisory Annual Meeting, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Lee County Agri-Center, Verona, Mississippi, USA.
    • Gajanayake, B., B.W. Trader, K.R. Reddy and R. L. Harkess. 2010. Selecting ornamental pepper cultivars for temperature tolerance. Producer Advisory Annual Meeting, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Lee County Agri-Center, Verona, Mississippi, USA, 18 February, 2010.
    • Lokhande, S., K.R. Reddy and David Brand. 2010. Drought stress effects on cotton physiology and yield. Producer Advisory Annual Meeting, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Lee County Agri-Center, Verona, Mississippi, USA, 18 February, 2010.
    • Seepaul, R., B. Macoon, K.R. Reddy and B. Baldwin. 2010. Switchgrass selection for temperature tolerance. Producer Advisory Annual Meeting, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Lee County Agri-Center, Verona, Mississippi, USA, 18 February, 2010.
  • Dr. Reddy attended and presented a talk on "Controlled environmental facilities for sweetptato plant process quantification, crop modeling, and climate change" at the The USDA-SCRI Sweetpotato Project funded by USDA-SCRI, Wyndham Orlando Resort, 5 February, 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  • Three of our Graduate students presented papers at the American Society of Agronomy Southern Branch Annual Meetings held at Wyndham Orlado Resort, Orlando, Florida, 6-10 February, 2010. The topics include:

    "A simple in vitro seed germination assay to classify switchgrass genotypes for thermotolerance" presented by Ramdeo Seepaul co-authored with B. Macoon, K.R. Reddy and B. Baldwin.
    Ramdeo's poster was awarded 2nd Place under crop division at this meeting.

    "Water deficit effects on growth and reproductive performance of cotton" by Suresh Lokahande co-authored with K.R. Reddy and D. Brand.

    "Screening ornamental peppers (Capsicum spp.) for high temperature tolerance using in vitro pollen germination, pollen tube length and cell membrane thermostability" presented by Gajanayake, B., co-authored by B.W. Trader, K.R. Reddy and R. L. Harkess at the Horticulture-Southern Region Annual Meetings.

2009:

2008:

  • 14 November, 2008, Dr. Reddy dilivered a talk on "Climate change and crop productivity: What is at stake?" to Students and Faculty at Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
  • 13th November, 2008. Dr. Reddy presented an invited talk on "Searching for genotypic variability among crops to global environmental change: Challenges and opportunities" at the Golden Jubilee Conference on Challenges and Emerging Strategies for Improving Plant Productivity, Indian Society for Plant Physiology, held from 12 to 15th November, 2008, New Delhi, India.
  • 18 July, 2008 - Dr. Joerg Jasper, Yara International, Research Centre Hanninghof Hanninghof 35, D-48249 Duelmen, Germany visited our lab.
  • July 2008, Dr. Reddy was appointed as a member of the Werner L. Nelson – Diagnosis of Yield-Limiting Factors Committee American Society of Agronomy, 2009-2010.
  • June 2008, Dr. Reddy was elected to the “GeoResources Institute Research Fellow”, 2008, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.
  • June 2008, Dr. Reddy was invited to be the Editorial Advisory Board Member. Environmental Impact Information, CABI Publishing, UK, 2008 to present.
  • June 2008, Our manuscript entitled "Kakani, V. G., K. R. Reddy, D. Zhao and K. Sailaja. 2003. Field crop responses to ultraviolet-B radiation: A review. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 120: 191-218" is one of the "Top 10 Most Cited" articles from the journal during the period from 2003 to 2008.
  • 30 May 2008, Dr. Reddy presented an invited talk on "Crop responses to abiotic responses: Tools and methods". Crop Genetics and Production Research Unit, USDA-ARS, 30 May 2008, Stoneville, Mississippi, USA.
  • 7-10 May, 2008, Several scientists/visitors from central Asia visited MSU and Plant and Soil Sciences Deaprtment to learn about MSU's strengths in Research related to bioenergy, crop production and application technologies.
    • Dr. Reddy presented on "Environmental Crop Stresses Including Climate Change, and Crop Modeling and Applications".
    • Dr. Baldwin presented on "Bioenergy Feedstock Production in Mississippi".
    • Dr. Walllace talked about "Cotton Breeding and Genectics".
    • Dr. Varco presented "Sensor-Based Fertilization of Cotton".
    • Dr. Collins showed and presented on "MSU Vetarans Memorial Rose Garden"
  • 9 April, 2008, Dr. Reddy presented a talk on " Quantifying the effects of temperature and nitrogen on swticgrass growth and development" at the the 38 th Biological Systems Simulation Modeling Meeting Conference, 8-10 April 2008, Temple TX, USA (abstract at the conferenc ewebsite), pp. 24-25.
  • Suresh Lokhande, Agricultural Engineer, from Dr. V.R. Reddy's group at the USDA-ARS, Crop Systems and Global Change Lab, Beltsville, Maryland visited our lab to work on a collaborative project on cotton simulation model development and applications for 2 weeks (3 to 16 January, 2008). We have assembled over 100 data sets to be used for model testing or validation for transgenic cotton cultivars currently grown under diverse environmental and management conditions across the US Cotton Belt.

2007:

  • Our article entitled “ Effects of carbon dioxide, temperature and ultraviolet-B radiation and their interactions on soybean (Glycine max L.) growth and development” published in Environmental and Experimental Botany, Volume 60, Issue 1, 1 May 2007, Pages 1-10 by Koti, S.; Reddy, K.R.; Kakani, V.G.; Zhao, D.; Gao, W. was also listed as Top 25 most downloaded articles.
    http://top25.sciencedirect.com/?journal_id=00988472
  • Our article entitled Canopy reflectance in cotton for growth assessment and lint yield prediction European Journal of Agronomy, Volume 26, Issue 3, 1 April 2007, Pages 335-344, by Zhao, D.; Reddy, K.R.; Kakani, V.G.; Read, J.J.; Koti, S. was listed Top 25 most downloaded articles.
    http://top25.sciencedirect.com/?journal_id=11610301
  • Dr. Reddy delivered an invited lecture "Controlled Environment Facilities for Plant Process Quantification and Modeling" K. Raja Reddy and V. R. Reddy at the 2007 American Society of Agronomy Annual Meetings under A03- Special Symposium - Past, Present, and Future of Research in Controlled Environments, 4-8 November, 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
  • 09-16 October, 2007. Dr. Rishi Pal Singh, Director of Seeds and Farms, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, India visited our lab and Plant and Soil Sciences Department to learn about stress physiology, crop breeding, seed testing and processing, Foundation Seed Development, and Crop Improvement programs at Mississippi State.
  • 11 September, 2007. Dr. Reddy presented a seminar on "Climate change and crop productivity: Challenges and opportunities". The Digital Biology Learning Community (DBLC), John Gresham Room, Mississippi State University Library, Mississippi State, MS, USA.
  • 18 April, 2007 - Three of our Graduate Students, David Brand, Satyasai Kumar Matcha and Shardendu Kumar Singh, were inducted into the Gamma Sigma Delta - Mississippi State University Chapter, A National Agriculture Honorary Society.
  • 27 March, 2007 - Dr. Reddy received the “College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and MAFES Faculty Research Award”, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi.
  • 5 February, 2007 – Dr. Reddy delivered an invited talk on “ Searching for genotypic variability among crops to global environmental change” at the 104 th Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists, Biochemistry and Biotechnology Division, Mobile Convention Center, Mobile, AL, USA.
  • 4 February, 2007 – Graduate student, Shardendu K. Singh (Ph. D), received First Place, Graduate Student Poster Competition-Crops for his presentation on “Screening cowpea cultivars to multiple abiotic stresses” at the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy Annual Meetings, Feb 3-7, 2007, Mobile, AL.
  • 4 February, 2007 – Graduate student Satyasai Kumar Matcha, received Second Place, Graduate Student Poster Competition-Crops for his presentation on “Effects of nitrogen deficiency on plant growth, leaf photosynthesis, and hyper spectral reflectance properties in castor (Ricinus communis) at the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy Annual Meetings, Feb 3-7, 2007 , Mobile, AL.
  • February, 2007 - Dr. Reddy's work published in Crop Science was featured the CSANews, February, Vol52, NO.2, 2007, Pages 5-6, published by by Tri-Socities, ASA-CSSA-SSSA, Madison, WI.

2006:

2005:

  • 7 November, 2005 - Dr. Reddy was elected to Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
  • 15-19 August - Dr. P. V. V. Prasad , Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, visited to develop some collaborative research in whole plant physiology.
  • 23 July, 2005 - Dr. Reddy delivered an invited talk "Crops and climate change: Responses from cellular to canopies" at the School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, 23 July 2005, Tirupati, India.
  • 17 July - 2005 - Dr. Reddy received Alumni Award for Excellence from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India. During that occasion, he delivered a guest lecture on “Climate Change and Crop Productivity: Challenges and Opportunities” to students and Faculty.
  • 5 July, 2005 - Dr. Reddy was invited to delivered a lecture “Crop responses global environmental change”. to Students and scientists, Division of Plant Physiology, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, India.
  • 10 May Mr. David Brand’s family is blessed with a male child, Mason Henry Brand, 6 pounds, 19.5 inches tall.