This issue focuses on the accomplishments of the Office of Intellectual Property. In the past three decades, commercialization of agricultural discoveries by university researchers has increased dramatically. The AgCenter is the leader in Louisiana and ranks among the nation’s top universities in generating patents, licenses, startup companies, and royalty income from its inventions. Read about some of the talented scientists and their inventions. 36 pages
The immune system is the body’s defense against foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. The innate immune response is the first line of defense to either stop invaders or to stimulate the body to send in more efficient cells to trigger the adaptive immune response.
After Richard Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in biology, he knew he wanted to do research. During his master’s studies at Mississippi State University, he took an intensive class in fish diseases.
There are many reasons why people choose a career, but probably not many because of illness. But for LSU AgCenter professor of food safety and microbiology Marlene Janes, contracting a case of meningitis started her on the path to her current position.
A key step in processing sugar isremoving solid particles from the sugarcane juice because the juice naturally contains dirt particles and plant residue.
In 2012, the LSU AgCenter Office of Intellectual Property celebrates its 25th anniversary. During that time it has become the leader in the commercialization of intellectual property within higher education inLouisiana.
Agricultural research in the United States enjoys a long, rich history. While the need for such applied research was identified by President George Washington in the late 18th century, it wasn’t until nearly 80 years later that states first began to gather resources and fund their own agricultural research efforts.
Steve Harrison was determined to be different from his dad, a wheat breeder in South Carolina. But eventually Harrison found his way into agronomy, studying under his father’s major professor at the University of Georgia while working toward his master’s degree.
Three scientists from three different backgrounds have worked together at the LSU AgCenter on a project aimed at curbing coastal erosion along the U.S. Gulf coast.
Research at the LSU AgCenter includes fiber-reinforced plastic composites, which are widely used for such applications as building components and automobile parts.
The LSU AgCenter wheat research program has evolved over the past two decades into a full-scale breeding and genetics effort with significant economic impact and intellectual property value.
Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station and rice breeder, was surrounded by rice country as a boy in the town of Gueydan.
A Springfield, Ill., native, Don LaBonte headed south immediately after receiving his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1988 and has had along and productive career breeding sweet potatoes in Louisiana ever since.
When he came to the LSU AgCenter in 1996, Qinglin Wu believed he had found a place that offered strong potential for career development.
Although it is pretty easy to swallow medications in tablet or capsule form, it is not so easy to have them soluble after that. This is an important issue because drugs need to be soluble in the small intestines to be absorbed into the bloodstream and take effect.
Recently completed laboratory and animal handling space at the LSU AgCenter Isolation Facility is available to any researcher who has a need for containment and isolation, said Phil Elzer, assistant vice chancellor for research.
For Fred Enright, working with animals has always beena part of his life. His father was a Louisiana cattle farmer and gave every family member cattle to care for.
A new wound-care product that uses a growth factor to stimulate wound healing is the latest product stemming from protein-expression technology developed by LSU AgCenter researcher Richard Cooper.
Food safety is of paramount public health concern and a focus of research in the Department of Food Science. Food scientists are finding ways to prevent food-related illnesses, which include quick and inexpensive methods for screening and detecting the presence of pathogenic bacteria in food.
There is nothing more satisfying to a sweet potato grower than a new variety that has a 10 percent yield gain, is easier to grow at no extra cost, and resists damage from drought and flooding.
Gregg Henderson’s interest in insects began when he was a young boy. “I would make ant farms, and along the sidewalks of my suburban New Jersey landscape, I would develop wars between different pavement ant colonies based on their territories,” he said.
Clearfield rice is grown around the world under exclusive license to BASF. Since 2003, it has brought in more than $20 million to the LSU AgCenter.
Termites have been feeding on wood for 200 million years. Thus, the idea that they can be eradicated can be somewhat amusing; however, it should not be that difficult to keep them from eating our most prized material possession – our homes.
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Louisiana is losing its coastal wetlands at an alarming rate. Although Louisiana has about 40 percent of the continental United States’ coastal wetlands, it accounts for 90 percent of the nation’s wetland loss.
Food science professor Jack Losso is determined to find medicine in a most unlikely place – waste products from seafood processing plants.
Right now is an exciting time to be engaged in the art of technology transfer and economic development at the LSU AgCenter. Since 2006, the AgCenter has obtained 24 issued patents and has gone from 16 active technology licenses to 67.
Vadim Kochergin is improving the way sugar is processed in Louisiana. The LSU AgCenter professor was trained as a chemical engineer in Moscow, Russia, and has used that knowledge to solve problems for the sugarcane industry.
Zhijun Liu, professor in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, could have taken any number of career paths. He grew up in Henan Province, the cradle of Chinese culture and civilization and succeeded academically, while developing natural talents in music.