Finger Millet

first_imgRelatively unknown outside of health food stores in the United States, millet has served as a staple food for families in Eastern Africa and Asia for thousands of years.Despite the grain’s long history and importance to millions of people, there has been little research done on the crop. Katrien Devos, a molecular geneticist at the University of Georgia, is hoping that a recent $1.8 million grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) will help lay the groundwork to make the crop more productive and disease resistant.Research on this locally important but largely unresearched “orphan crop” could create a more secure food supply for the millions of people who rely on finger millet for the bulk of their daily calories. Devos’ research is being funded through the NSF’s Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program.“Working on developing crops can be a struggle because these crops have traditionally received very little attention from funding agencies. On the flip side, because very little breeding and research has been done on finger millet, we expect our efforts to quickly translate into substantial yield gains for farmers,” Devos said. ”The opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives is what makes this project so exciting.”Devos is a professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Crop and Soil Sciences’ Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics and in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology. She studies the genetics of a range of economically important plants in the grass family, including finger millet, pearl millet, wheat and switchgrass.For the finger millet project, Devos will work with a team of geneticists, plant pathologists, bioinformatics experts and plant breeders in the U.S. and in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to sequence both the genome of finger millet and that of its primary pathogen – the finger millet blast fungus. The project will also work to decode the interactions of the millet and the fungus on a genetic level.High-yielding cash crops such as maize were once considered the key to prosperity in the developing world, but the abandonment of traditional crops for maize instead led to food shortages in many regions. National and local initiatives in eastern Africa over the past decade encouraging farmers to replace some of their corn fields with indigenous, drought-tolerant crops have been having marked success. The reintroduction of landrace varieties of millet in eastern African villages improved food security in those villages, but yields are still very low. Hybridization-based breeding of finger millet in eastern Africa only started about two decades ago. Very little research has been done on breeding disease-resistant varieties of millet, and very little research has gone into determining the best production practices, Devos said.The next step in developing food security in eastern Africa involves improving the yields of drought-tolerant grains to make them reliable, plentiful and more attractive to farmers, Devos said.Blast fungal disease severely limits the amount of millet that farmers can expect to produce from a single acre. In extreme cases, it can reduce yields by 80 percent, and it’s a major obstacle to improving food security in areas where millet is a staple.To that end, Devos’ team, including Assistant Professor Chang-Hyun Khang of the UGA Department of Plant Biology, is building on research funded by the biotechnology nonprofit Bio-Innovate Africa and the African Orphan Crops Consortium (ACCO).The Bio-Innovate Africa and ACCO team, of which Devos was a member, initiated sequencing the genome of finger millet, which has proven to be large and complex. Finger millet is a tetraploid, so it carries two genomes. The two genomes appear to be highly similar in some regions, making it hard to differentiate them using short-read sequencing technologies. Funding through NSF’s BREAD program will allow use of long-read sequencing technologies to overcome these problems and to generate a reference-quality sequence of the finger millet genome. Devos’ lab at UGA has already generated two genetic maps of some 5,000 markers each that provide a framework that geneticists can use to anchor the sequence of millet’s large and complex genome.“(Existing) initiatives provide a start, but they need to be complemented by additional research to fully achieve the objectives of developing the genetic and genomic tools and knowledge needed to enhance finger millet for blast and other traits, and help lift smallholder farmers out of poverty,” Devos wrote in a project introduction for NSF.During this effort, they also hope to determine the sections of the genome responsible for resistance or susceptibility to blast, so that resistance can be bred into future varieties of millet.For more information on Devos’ work, visit Learn more about the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at, and learn more about the Department of Plant Biology at read more

Non-perishable Food

first_imgDuring the current COVID-19 crisis, many people find themselves wondering how to eat healthy meals while remaining at home.Making fewer trips to the grocery store means that personal food supplies need to last longer. If you are at a loss for what items to stock up on, use MyPlate,, as a guide to help you and add some of these non-perishable (unrefrigerated) food items to your “shelter in” diet.Grains Grains, particularly whole grains, are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and provide energy. Whole grain pasta, whole wheat flour, whole-grain cereal, brown or wild rice, quinoa, barley, amaranth, farro, oats, granola, tortillas and popcorn are all excellent choices. When choosing pre-packaged items, aim for items low in sugar, high in fiber. For foods with several ingredients, like breads and cereals, look for the first word in the ingredients list to be “whole.”  Protein Beans and peas, whether canned or dried, are always a great source for protein and fiber and have no saturated fat or cholesterol. When choosing canned beans and peas, select items that are reduced sodium or no salt added when available. Rinse beans and peas in a colander to further reduce sodium. Dried beans and peas require soaking before conventional cooking but do not require presoaking if cooked in an electronic pressure cooker.Canned meat and seafood, such as chicken, salmon or tuna, are convenient ways to add meat to your diet. Select those packed in water rather than oil and choose items with the least amount of sodium.Nuts, seeds and nut butters (without added sugars) are another great way to get protein and are full of heart-healthy unsaturated fatsDairy Calcium and vitamin D, necessary for strong bones, healthy teeth, and prevention of osteoporosis, are most often found in dairy foods. A great alternative to refrigerated items is to have on hand dry milk, ultrahigh temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk and shelf-stable, plant-based milk beverages. Fruits Dried, canned, or fresh, fruit is full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fresh citrus (full of vitamin C) can be kept at storage temp (50-70 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to 10 days. Choose canned fruits in water or their own juice, as those canned in light or heavy syrup are high in sugar. Dried fruits can be enjoyed on their own or mixed with whole-grain cereal and nuts to create trail mix.Vegetables The beauty of canned vegetables is that you can enjoy your favorites regardless of the season. Vegetables are packed with fiber, vitamins and various important minerals. When choosing vegetables, select those low in sodium or with no salt added. Draining and rinsing will further reduce the sodium content.For more information on nutrition and food preparation and selection, see University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications at read more

Woman, 79, Arrested in Hit-and-run Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 79-year-old North Floral Park woman has been accused of hitting a man with her car and fleeing the scene in Herricks on Tuesday evening.Nassau County police arrested Caroline Maggio on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury.Third Squad detectives alleged Maggio struck the 54-year-old victim with her Oldsmobile station wagon at the corner of Foch Boulevard and Hillside Avenue at 6:38 p.m., then fled the scene.The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he is listed in stable condition while being treated for serious physical injuries.Maggio was quickly apprehended at her home and was released on an appearance ticket.She will be arraigned Oct. 22 at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Duchess Camilla’s Bugle Horn Brooch in The Rifles Portrait: Details

first_imgListen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) A brooch is commonly favored accessory by those of the British royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch has quite an impressive collection, including inherited pieces from Queen Victoria and Queen Mary as well as specially commissioned ones she was gifted over the years.But an all time favorite has to be the True Lover’s Knot, which the queen wore to Duchess Kate’s wedding back in 2011.- Advertisement – The Meaning Behind Duchess Camilla's Brooch in Her Newest PortraitDuchess Camilla. Courtesy of Clarence House/InstagramNow that’s a standout accessory. Duchess Camilla wore a meaningful brooch for her newest royal portrait.On Thursday, November 5, a portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall was unveiled to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles. On her elegant green top, the 73-year-old royal wore a silver Bugle Horn brooch. This piece of jewelry, which was commissioned by The Rifles, represents the heritage of the regiment. In fact, every rifleman wears a silver bugle as their cap badge.- Advertisement – The photograph was taken last month at Clarence House after the Prince Philip transferred his role over to the duchess in July. However, on Wednesday, November 4, Duchess Camilla attended the 92nd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in her new role, wearing the same brooch on a dark green coat quite reminiscent of her portrait ensemble.In a message to the regiment, the Duchess said, “Riflemen, with the rest of our nation, I am profoundly in your debt for all that you do, especially during these troubled times. Continue to uphold those qualities of discipline, courage and sense of humour that my father spoke of and be proud of all that you represent.”She concluded, “Wherever you may be viewing this message, on operations in Afghanistan, deployed to Estonia, on exercise in the U.K. or indeed, enjoying some much-deserved leave, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cheltenham chips in

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Hot penthouse sales fly in the face of apartment naysayers

first_img6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane“That end of the market there is such a limited amount of $3m plus properties sold in the city. There’s just been no availability. There’s such a confidence boost for the inner city. I’ve been in the inner city for 12 years now and never seen such confidence in the plus $1m range.”Both penthouses last night sold to local buyers, who have been hard-pressed amid strong interest from interstate and overseas, especially Singaporean and Chinese househunters.“We just can’t get enough of those types of properties, I’d take 10 tomorrow and sell them all.We’ve got 16 buyers from last night who are still looking.” 6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Two penthouses sold under the hammer last night with a third at 462/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane believed to be in discussion.BRISBANE’S inner-city penthouses are defying apartment naysayers, with two selling at auction last night alone — one to locals who dialled in while having breakfast in Europe.Penthouses and sub-penthouses above $1-3 million were being snapped up as soon as they were declared on the market because the city had strong value-for-money compared to similar properties in other capitals, according to experts.Last night the 580sq m Bellagio penthouse at 6/455 Adelaide St sold under the hammer for $3.277m. As well the Quay West sub-penthouse at 2102/132 Alice St sold for $1.175m.The agent for both those properties, Brandon Wortley of Ray White New Farm, told The Courier-Mail he’d never seen anything like it in his 12 years of working the city. 2102/132 Alice St, Brisbane 2102/132 Alice St, Brisbane 2102/132 Alice St, BrisbaneMr Wortley said the Bellagio penthouse, which occupies two entire floors and has views towards the Story Bridge, attracted nine registered bidders last night.“It kicked off at $2m and rose really quickly in $100,000 rises. It got to $3.16m which was when it was called on market. It then sold for $3.227m.”“The owners were over the moon, they were stoked. They’d had close to 70 groups through the door during inspections. There’s been a lot of time and effort put into the sale.”He said the new owner of the Bellagio penthouse was bidding from Europe.“I think it was 8am or something there. They were on a romantic holiday so that was a nice gift for them.” He said the Alice St sub-penthouse had eight registered bidders last night, kicking off at $900,000 and was called on market at $1.05m.“It had 38 bids and sold for $1.175m, the owners are very pleased.”Post auction discussions were ongoing over a third penthouse that went under the hammer last night at 462/30 Macrossan St in the city.last_img read more

Indiana State Fair officials promote ‘Social Media Fridays’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials with the 2018 Indiana State Fair encourage fairgoers to show off their State Fair/Indiana pride every Friday during the fair (August 3, 10, 17). #FairFashionFridays, a social media campaign, encourages to photograph and share images of their fair fashions – denim and Indiana-branded T-shirts or tank tops – while enjoying the Fair.Individuals who photograph themselves rocking their fair wear are asked to post images to social media and tag @IndyStateFair, along with the hashtag #FairFashionFridays. Throughout the Fairgrounds, designated signs will direct fairgoers to “selfie” locations where they can capture and share their “fair fashion” photos.  Each Monday during the fair, a winner from the previous Friday will be announced on the State Fair’s social media platforms and will be awarded a prize package (including restaurant gift cards, Pacers/Fever tickets) valued at $100.Fairgoers are encouraged to purchase T-shirts or tank tops from the Indiana State Fair gift shop or local Indiana T-shirt companies such as The Shop (920 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46220) and United State of Indiana or by visiting their booth in Exposition Hall during the fair.The 2018 theme “STEP RIGHT UP! to The Greatest 17 Days of Summer,” revolves around Indiana’s rich circus heritage. Online ticket sales are available now, presented by WGU Indiana, at a discounted rate of $8 plus convenience fee on the Indiana State Fair website. Tickets can also be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during regular business hours at the discounted rate. Tickets purchased at the gate are $13. Visit IndianaStateFair.comfor additional promotions throughout the summer.last_img read more

Koeman has the worst possible plans with Messi

first_img Loading… Barcelona head coach, Ronald Koeman, has the worst possible plans surrounding the club’s captain Lionel Messi for the 2020/21 season. Messi reported to Barcelona training on Monday for the first time since boycotting the club’s affairs in order to force a move elsewhere. The Argentina international has trained separately for the last few days with Philippe Coutinho, but it is only a matter of time before he gains enough fitness to feature alongside the rest of his teammates. Ronald Koeman is planning a revolution at the Camp Nou and is close to signing two of his compatriots, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay. Moreover, he has already asked Luis Suarez to leave and the Uruguayan is close to joining Serie A as is his other teammate deemed surplus, Arturo Vidal. Ivan Rakitic has already left for Sevilla.Advertisement Diario GOL has claimed that as the squad takes shape once again, the former Everton head coach has decided how he will line-up tactically. read also:No more Messi chase for now, says Inter vice-president Keeping that in mind, he will employ Messi in a free-roaming role wherein the onus would be on him to do everything, from pressing and winning the ball back to creating and finishing off the chances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Nowlast_img read more

Deery Series is bound for Boone on Memorial Day

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Still looking for a repeat winner this season, the Deery Brothers Summer Series travels to Boone Speedway for its traditional Memorial Day show next Monday, May 25.Corey Zeitner, defending champion Justin Kay, Joel Callahan and seven-time IMCA Late Model tour champ Jeff Aikey each have single series wins so far. Andy Nezworski, however, has yet to finish outside the top five and brings the point lead to town.The main event at Boone pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.Forty-two previous Deery events have been held at Boone, 13 of them on Memorial Day.Five of Aikey’s series-leading 64 victories have come at Boone, including the 2013 and 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main events. Gary Webb is a four-time Super Nationals champion and Ray Guss Jr. counts last year’s Memorial Day checkers among four career Boone Speedway wins of his own.Completing the holiday program at Boone are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, running for all applicable points.More information is available from promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220 and at the website.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 188; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 180; 3. Corey Zeitner, Omaha, Neb., 169; 4. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 167; 5. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 165; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 152; 7. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 145; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 141; 9. John Emerson, Waterloo, 138; 10. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 137; 11. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, 134; 12. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 128; 13. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 120; 14. Brian Harris, Davenport, 118; 15. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 113; 16. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 107; 17. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 101; 18. Curt Martin, Independence, 91; 19. Brunson Behning, Davenport, 88; 20. Jason Rauen, Farley, 86.last_img read more

Ball to continue Sunderland role

first_imgKevin Ball will send Sunderland into battle with Manchester United on Saturday after having his spell as interim head coach extended. Press Association The 48-year-old, who was initially asked to take up the reins for the Capital One Cup win over Peterborough and Sunday’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Liverpool, will continue in the role as the Black Cats run the rule over a series of potential replacements for Paolo Di Canio. Sunderland confirmed the move on their official website on Monday afternoon, eight days on from the Italian’s departure. However, chief executive Margaret Byrne has revealed that discussions with several contenders have already taken place and talks with others will be held this week, and it appears an appointment is not imminent. But should the club eventually opt to give the job to former Black Cats midfielder Ball, the decision would go down well with the players. O’Shea said: “Without a doubt, he’s made an impact. If it does happen, the players would be very happy. “But we will wait and see what the club decides.” Ball launched his spell in charge with a 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Posh on Tuesday evening, but was unable to repeat the feat against sterner opposition on Sunday. Sunderland played a full part in the game, but were ultimately undone by the brilliance of the returning Luis Suarez and strike-partner Daniel Sturridge. The latter gave Liverpool a 28th-minute lead when he bundled Steven Gerrard’s corner home with his arm, and then set up the Uruguay international to score his first goal for the club since April with a perfectly weighted cross eight minutes before the break. However, the Black Cats’ response was hugely creditable and they got themselves back into the game within seven minutes of the restart when Emanuele Giaccherini struck from close range after keeper Simon Mignolet could only parry Ki Sung-yueng’s shot from distance. But the Reds held firm in the face of a concerted assault and secured their win with a minute remaining when Suarez and Sturridge combined superbly before the South American claimed his second of the game. Ball was disappointed by the result, but hugely encouraged by the performance of his players in front of the watching owner Ellis Short. He said: “That’s something that whenever you come away from the Stadium of Light, no matter who is in charge, whatever the club, we have always got to see that. “That’s something that I would drum into the players in future, we must see that all the time. “People must go away from here, irrespective of what happens, and away from home as well knowing full well that their team has put in a shift, and today, they can say that.” Confirmation, which was not unexpected, came as skipper John O’Shea ordered his team-mates to draw a line under the catastrophic breakdown of their relationship with Di Canio and dig themselves out of trouble. The Black Cats remain rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table after taking just a single point from their first six games and O’Shea, while confirming that the dressing room had played a part in the 45-year-old’s demise, has insisted the players must regroup to prevent the club from being cast adrift. He told the Sunderland Echo: “That was obviously done. But we have to move on now. “Because of the position we are in in the league, we can’t keep going back to it. We have got some difficult months ahead. “Whoever comes in, whether it’s Bally or a new manager, we have got tough times ahead. “We have to stick together and if we keep going back to it, it will soon be too hard to pull back from where we are.” Sunderland turned in a much-improved display against Liverpool but ultimately came out of it empty-handed once again, and with United due to arrive on Wearside at the weekend intent on addressing their own losing streak, things could yet get worse before they get better. The Black Cats are continuing to evaluate a series of potential candidates for the vacancy with Gus Poyet, Rene Meulensteen and senior professional development coach Ball, who has indicated his own interest in filling the role on a permanent basis, figuring prominently in the betting. last_img read more