February 3, 2017

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Extension Plant Sciences The New Mexico Crop Production Association held their annual conference in Ruidoso, NM, on January 23 – 24. The conference provides educational seminars with up-to-date research on a variety of topics of importance to the industry. Topics included Honey Bee Health: Challenges and Solutions, Factors to Consider When Pesticide Applications Fail; Soil Fertility; Urban and Small Farms in New Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities; and Plant Bio stimulants. The Association also awarded two scholarships to NMSU students in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department: Israel Calsoyas, a Ph.D. student, and Lisa Terrazas, an undergraduate student.

  • Three faculty in the Extension Plant Sciences Department participated in the 31st Annual Think Trees NM Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Think Trees is an urban tree care conference dedicated to providing training and education to professionals in the green industry by providing up-to-date, relevant information on landscape plant maintenance. There were over 375 participants from the Western United States and Canada.

Center of Animal Health and Food Safety

  • The ACES Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Lab (CAIL) installed $1.1 million in new analytical equipment this week, comprised of a high-resolution Orbitrap Fusion mass spectrometer and a nano-flow liquid chromatography system. This instrumentation is the state-for-the art for chemical characterization of extremely complex mixtures and will be used in applications that range from alternative fuel research to disease research, alternative water source uses and fundamental biology. A truly interdisciplinary effort, the project draws support from three colleges. Participating faculty include Tanner Schaub (PI, ACES/CAIL), Emily Indriolo (Co-PI, A&S/Biology), Jeff Arterburn (Co-PI, A&S/Chemistry), Omar Holguin (Co-PI, ACES/PES) and Nirmala Khandan (Co-PI, Eng./Civil Eng.).