Sudan and South Sudan ecumenical bodies hear of churches’ role…

first_imgSudan and South Sudan ecumenical bodies hear of churches’ role in regional peace Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion, [World Council of Churches] Churches continue to play their role in peace building for South Sudan despite the dashed hopes of many in the world’s newest nation, the moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) said at a regional meeting.The moderator of the WCC’s Central Committee Dr Agnes Abuom was speaking at the inaugural assemblies of the Ecumenical Network Sudan and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in Nairobi, Kenya on 2 and 3 October.The WCC moderator, a Kenyan Anglican, thanked God for the work of the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) in the fields of evangelism, education, health and advocacy for justice and peace over many years.“During various ecumenical visits, the churches have been encouraged to find internal solutions to strengthen the council’s management and leadership,” said Abuom.She said the churches in Sudan and South Sudan have provided leadership in dealing with the peace process in a South Sudan driven in recent years by internal conflict.The WCC reaffirmed its commitment as a partner to accompany both the SCC and the SSCC, said the moderator.Abuom observed, “Apart from South Africa where global, regional and national churches coalesced to fight against apartheid, Sudan and South Sudan have received the highest moral and material support.“Although people’s hopes seem dashed and return from exile has not been fully realized, the churches have, and continue, to play their role of peace building, healing and reconciliation.”The WCC moderator cited the SSCC’s consistently pushing for a stop to the “senseless war”.“We are encouraged and inspired that the church in South Sudan and Sudan looks to the future committed to continue journeying together towards justice, peace and integrity of creation, healing and reconciliation.”Achieving peace and prosperity“The churches in the Council are encouraged to stay united and move together in order to tackle both cultures of privilege and indifference on the one hand, and the culture of hopelessness and suicide on the other,” said Abuom.Dr Nigussu Legesse, programme executive for the WCC, bore greetings from the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.“He is very much committed to support the peace and reconciliation process in South Sudan and also Sudan,” said Legesse.He noted, “The WCC has, along with the ecumenical partners, consistently supported the efforts of the churches in bringing peace and reconciliation to Sudan.”This support held firm, Legesse explained, through the period when “the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed and beyond, and likewise towards the referendum and independence of South Sudan.”He concluded, “The WCC looks forward to continue this journey in the company of other ecumenical partners and in the company of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Sudan & South Sudan Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ecumenical & Interreligious, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Posted Oct 20, 2015 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

Review of Charity Investigations

first_img Tolley’s Charity Investigations offers comprehensive ./guidance on the entire process of a public investigation of a charity, including those by the Charity Commission, Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise (including FICO), VAT audits, and employer compliance reviews.Tolley’s Charity Investigations offers comprehensive ./guidance on the entire process of a public investigation of a charity, including those by the Charity Commission, Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise (including FICO), VAT audits, and employer compliance reviews.Read David Haines’ review for UK Fundraising. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 April 2001 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Review of Charity Investigations  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Celebrities take to the track to help raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC

first_img Tagged with: Celebrity Events Yesterday [7 March] saw celebrities including former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, rugby star Austin Healey and boxer Joe Calzaghe take to the track to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC by taking part in The Circuit – an exclusive event featuring fast cars and action-packed racing. The event, which took place at the PalmerSport Bedford Autodrome, featured six teams led by celebrity captains who battled it out on the track, all in aid of the NSPCC. Competition on the track was fierce, with teams racing each other to take the chequered flag and the title of champions of The Circuit 2013. In the end the team led by Austin Healey and Formula 1 racing driver Karun Chandhok was victorious, taking home the trophy and the coveted title. Guests experienced an adrenaline-fuelled day of racing, putting pedal to the metal on purpose-built tracks behind the wheel of top-of-the-range cars including a Caterham 7 Superlight, Ariel Atom, BMW M3 GTP and a single seat Formula Jaguar. Advertisement Celebrities take to the track to help raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 March 2013 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Throughout the day, guests were also invited to bid on a range of exclusive auction lots, including high octane super-rides in a two-seater McLaren MP4-12C with professional racing drivers Rob Huff, Tiff Needell and Tim Mullen which prompted heated bidding and eventually fetched almost £5,000. Speaking about the event, former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, said: “We had a fantastic day of racing, with guests pushing a range of high performance cars to their limits, all to help raise vital funds for the NSPCC. There was a lot of friendly rivalry out there on the track with professional racing drivers taking on celebrities and guests in a race to be crowned Champions of The Circuit 2013. It’s been a real privilege to be involved in this event, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC – a charity I’m proud to support”. All funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people. To find out more about the work of the NSPCC and how you can get involved, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/getinvolved. – ENDS – Notes to Editors: For further information or celebrity images please contact: Helen Little or Sarah Dade at the NSPCC on 020 7825 1379 / 020 7825 1318 or [email protected] / [email protected]      About the NSPCC: The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice. If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit www.nspcc.org.uk. Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk.Photo: Celebrity team captains at The Circuit for NSPCC. © Theodore Wood Photography About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The Cheesecake Factory to Present at the Raymond James 42nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference

first_img Facebook Twitter WhatsApp The Cheesecake Factory to Present at the Raymond James 42nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference TAGS  Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGrunt Style Officially Licensed to Sell Air Force and Space Force ApparelNext articleCardinals’ Arenado fitting in seamlessly with new franchise Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE)today announced that it will present at the Raymond James 42 nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference on March 2, 2021 at 1:20 p.m. Eastern Time. David Gordon, President, and Matthew Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present on behalf of the Company. The presentation will be webcast on the Company’s website at investors.thecheesecakefactory.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for seven days following the live presentation. About The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated is a leader in experiential dining. We are culinary forward and relentlessly focused on hospitality. Delicious, memorable experiences created by passionate people – this defines who we are and where we are going. We currently own and operate 294 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada under brands including The Cheesecake Factory ®, North Italia ® and a collection within the Fox Restaurant Concepts subsidiary. Internationally, 27 The Cheesecake Factory ® restaurants operate under licensing agreements. Our bakery division operates two facilities that produce quality cheesecakes and other baked products for our restaurants, international licensees and third-party bakery customers. In 2020, we were named to the FORTUNE Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For ® ” list for the seventh consecutive year. To learn more, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com, www.northitalia.com and www.foxrc.com. From FORTUNE. ©2020 Fortune Media IP Limited. FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For is a trademark of Fortune Media IP Limited and is used under license. FORTUNE and Fortune Media IP Limited are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, Licensee. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005948/en/ CONTACT: Stacy Feit (818) 871-3000 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL RESTAURANT/BAR FOOD/BEVERAGE SOURCE: The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 04:15 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 04:15 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005948/en Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

Drought conditions hamper hay production

first_img Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Drought conditions hamper hay production Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Next UpStroud said that he’s gotten plenty of sunshine over the last two months but he’s not made any hay.“The first spring cutting was good,” Stroud said. “We had a nice warm February and some good rain but, since then, almost nothing.”During the past eight weeks, Stroud said he had only been blessed with one-tenth of an inch of rain. By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Boothe reflects on session The latest legislative session was seen as the most productive session in recent years, according to lawmakers, and Rep. Alan… read more “I’d have to drill a well and that’s very expensive along with the cost of putting in an irrigation system,” he said. “I don’t know if that would be cost effective. I guess it would have paid off to have an irrigation system this year.”Stroud said that the second year he was in vegetable farming, there was a six-week period without rain.“But until Friday, it had been two months and the weather was so hot and that made it worse,” he said. “It looks like every three years we go through something like this. I’ve never seen it this bad as it’s been this year.”Stroud is also a cattle farmer and his animals are feeling the heat.“The cows have eaten everything in the pasture and they’ve been out there nibbling but the grass is dry like cured hay,” Stroud said.The difference between dry grass in the fields and baled hay is tremendous, Stroud said.“There’s no photosynthesis taking place in the fields,” he said. “When we cut hay, photosynthesis has put nutrients in the hay and those nutrients are stored. Right now, there are no nutrients in the grass.”If the drought conditions continue, Stroud said cattle farmers will probably begin to sell off some of their herd.“There won’t be any hay left for the fall,” he said. “We’ll be crying and hurting for hay. But if this high pressure will get off us and we could get some soaking rains, we could make some hay. We’ll have to wait and see.”On the other side of the county, Joe Murphy is also waiting to see if the recent rains will make a difference.“The harsh drought coupled with the high temperatures is going to require more than a few showers,” Murphy said. “This heat is putting a lot of stress on the animals. We’re having late July and August weather in June.”Murphy said he sold between around 70 brood cows out of his herd last year so his numbers are lower and that’s helping the hay shortage.“The first cutting of hay played out in May and I’m starting to see the body mass of my cows come down,” he said. “And, they’re not likely to breed back as quick under these conditions so the drought has a lot of far reaching effects.”When hay fields are not producing like normal, that puts the farmer in the position of having to supplement the cows with coming winter-feed.Murphy also operates poultry houses and high temperatures and high humidity have an effect on the birds but the cooler nights offer a little recovery from the heat.“The main effect on the birds right now is the heat and the main effect on the farmer is the high cost of utilities,” he said.“When you have extreme heat or cold, the utilities go up at the poultry houses just like everywhere else. If there’s a good thing about the drought and birds, it’s that they don’t depend on grass.”center_img “I’d gotten about an inch and a half before the tornadoes hit Alabama on April 27 but then the temperature dropped to 40 degrees,” he said. “It cooled so fast the rain didn’t do the fields any good. So, you might say the only rain that I’d gotten until Friday had been that one-tenth of an inch. And that’s not much rain any way that you look at it.”Stroud said his hay fields are up about three to four inches and brown.“I’ve never seen drought conditions this severe. We’ll have to have two or three good, soaking rains to do any good at all and I don’t even know if that would turn things around now.”Stroud has no water storage on his property. The creek that runs through his land is almost dry so the possibility of irrigating is next to none. Published 8:48 pm Friday, June 17, 2011 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Email the author Print Article By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day With a couple of days of rain in many areas of the county, the continuing dark skies are the prettiest sight that farmers have seen in about two months.But Goshen farmer Steve Stroud said the recent rain is not an indication that the drought is over.“The rain has been enough to perk the grass up a bit but, if the sun comes out and the temperatures hit around 100 degrees, then the one-inch plus rainfall will be soaked up in two or three days,” Stroud said. “And, we’ll be dry again. We’re proud of this rain and hope that it doesn’t let up. We need to get some good rains often to really do any good.”last_img read more

Field relationships and stable isotope geochemistry of concretions from James Ross Island, Antarctica

first_imgEarly diagenetic (precompactional) concretions are abundant throughout the Cretaceous-Tertiary Marambio Group Larsen Basin, Antarctica. Four distinct concretion types are recognised: (1) spherical-subspherical concretions: (2) sheet concretions; (3) fossil-nucleated concretions; and (4) concretionary burrow networks. All concretion types have a micritic to microsparry variably non-ferroan to ferroan calcite cement. Stable isotope analyses show a wide spread in both δ18O and δ13C. δ13C values are typically negative, ranging between –3.38 and –39.15%o (PDB) (usually –16 to 230%). δ18O ranges between –1.28 and –13.81% (PDB) with most of the values between –5 and –10%. The δ13C signature is interpreted to represent carbon sourced from sulphate reduction and/or methane oxidation, with minor input from shell dissolution, and is consistent with a shallow burial, early diagenetic origin. A single mudstone hosted concretion has a δ18O composition indicative of precipitation of carbonate from seawater. The low δ18O signatures in the sandstone- and siltstone-hosted concretions are possibly due to early diagenetic modification of the pore water composition through volcaniclastic mineral dissolution/reprecipitation reactions and perhaps through input of meteoric water. Concretion distribution is related to (a) changes in sedimentation rate and (b) the dominance of diffusion on concretion cementation.last_img read more

BENDA, VALENTINA

first_img98, fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of December 21, 2017. Predeceased by her daughter Marianne and husband of 74 years Ted. She worked for Bankers Trust, Manhattan, for 20 years. She is survived by her family: son Mark and his wife Carol Lynn, grandchildren Mark Jr. & his wife Victoria, Craig & his wife Holly and Lara, two great-grandchildren Valentina & Chloe. Also survived by her younger brother Alexander. She loved being a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, Bayonne and was an active member of the Ladies Guild until 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church 98 West 28th St., Bayonne, NJ 07002. Funeral arrangements by KOCH Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.last_img read more

Moving on from QAnon? Experts say these tips could help

first_imgExperts and former QAnon believers say they have tips for anyone wondering how to talk to people consumed by the conspiracy theory. Those recommendations include listening instead of lecturing and changing the topic to shared experiences and interests. Mockery, they say, won’t work and could just further isolate the believer. As for people looking to step away from QAnon or other conspiracy theories, the experts recommend taking time away from social media and looking for offline ways to connect with others such as volunteering. One woman who left QAnon says yoga helped her move on, along with therapy.last_img read more

Ex-County Council member faces more sex abuse charges

first_imgORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A former county council member and ex-South Carolina state trooper has been granted bail again despite facing charges of sexually abusing girls in two counties and federal charges of lying while trying to buy a gun in December. Ex-Bamberg County Councilman Kerry Trent Kinard remains jailed for now pending a federal hearing. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of sex abuse in Bamberg County. Now he’s also charged in Jasper County, where a woman says she was 16 when Kinard abused her. Defense attorney Bakari Sellers says Kinard is innocent, but was “stupid” to deny facing felonies while trying to buy a gun.last_img read more

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 research.franklin.uga.edu/devoslab/content/welcome-devos-lab. Learn more about the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at www.plantbreeding.uga.edu, and learn more about the Department of Plant Biology at www.plantbio.uga.edu.last_img read more