Irrigation of agricultural crops in Louisiana has contributed to the state’s economic growth, and it is anticipated that the number of irrigated acres will continue to increase.
Topics covered in this issue include Louisiana Seafood Direct, efficient irrigation, eradicating the salvinia weed from Louisiana waterways, racial and ethnic diversity in the Gulf of Mexico region, Louisiana Super Plants, and nanotechnology. 32 pages
The Gulf of Mexico has long been one of the more diverse regions within the United States, and it is projected to become even more diverse in the coming decades. Before 1960, primarily two racial groups, whites and blacks, characterized the region’s diversity. Since 1960, the region has experienced dramatic increases in ethnic diversity with Latino migration into Texas and Florida.
As he moved from studying plants for their medicinal components to examining those components for their individual health-related attributes to producing oral drugs for fighting cancers, Zhijun Liu has expanded the boundaries of what started as forestry research.
Soil insect pests, which reduce root yield and quality, are often cited as one of the most limiting factors affecting production of the Louisiana sweet potato crop.
During the past decade, nanocellulose has attracted considerable attention because of its unique physical and chemical properties and the growing interest in the bioconversion of renewable lignocellulosic biomass.
While many of her colleagues work to discover the next big thing, Cristina Sabliov, an LSU AgCenter researcher and professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, likes to think in nano terms. Sabliov specializes in creating nanodelivery systems for bioactive substances that can improve people’s health.
The salvinia weevil has been successful at helping to control the aquatic weed giant salvinia in waterways across the southern portion of the state for nearly seven years.The LSU AgCenter has been working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to release weevils into lakes and streams clogged with salvinia.
The Louisiana Seafood Direct Program is helping the state’s seafood industry compete with the worldwide aquaculture industry.
Sugarcane is one of the major agricultural commodities produced in Louisiana. With more than 400,000 acres of sugarcane in production and 11 factories processing approximately 14 million tons of sugarcane into 1.5 million tons of raw sugar and more than 95 million gallons of molasses annually, sugarcane is one of the major economic drivers of the state’s agricultural sector.
The population of East Baton Rouge Parish has jumped from 412,852 in 2000 to 445,227 in 2013, and downtown is booming with new construction and more entertainment events. But as the city grows, so do some problems; a hidden one is the growing population of the Formosan subterranean termite.
Agriculture is one of the biggest users of Louisiana’s water resources, which many people worry are in danger, both in terms of quantity and quality.
West Carroll Parish is made up of quiet little Southern towns — the kinds that cannot be located on maps, that exist unknown to the outside world in a region where change occurs almost as slowly as the pace of life.
The Louisiana Super Plant program is five years old. The four new selections for 2015 bring the total to 32.
Over the past 30 years, U.S. cattle producers have seen a tremendous change in cow body weights. Data from the National Agriculture Statistics Service indicate that between 1975 and 2005, carcass weights of bulls have increased 223 pounds; cows, 146 pounds; steers, 144 pounds; and heifers, 194 pounds.