Science

9:27am

Tue August 12, 2014
Science

'Smart' irrigation techniques slowly catch on in Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter's Naveen Adusumilli holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, and is working with Louisiana farmers to implement smart irrigation practices.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Three new water experts have joined the research staff at LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

Economist Naveen Adusumilli is crunching the numbers on how smart irrigation techniques can benefit Louisiana farmers. He wants them to rethink how they irrigate their land and introduce them to soil moisture sensors and bookkeeping strategies that would reduce the amount of water they use on their crops and put more money in their wallet.

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8:59am

Fri August 8, 2014
Science

Longleaf pine stands gain protections through easement agreement

A look up the trunk of a mature longleaf pine on Longleaf Ridge Conservation Easement.
Credit Texas A&M Forest Service

Forest agencies and a conservation group have competed an almost $2.3 million easement agreement to save longleaf pine forestland in East Texas.

The conservation easement with Portland, Oregon-based Campbell Global LLC was federally funded through the Forest Legacy Program.

The nearly 5,000 acres of forestland in Longleaf Ridge have special significance to East Texas dating back to when Temple-Inland managed the land, according to David Bezanson, the Nature Conservancy of Texas' protection and easement manager.

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9:03am

Thu April 3, 2014
Science

LSU Health Shreveport hosts top scientists from across Louisiana

The first LA CaTS Day was held Wednesday at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Top research scientists from across Louisiana met at LSU Health Shreveport Wednesday to work on improving collaboration across their institutions. 

They’re doing it with the help of LA CaTS, the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center in Baton Rouge. It’s funded by a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The aim is to promote more unified research. Dr. William Cefalu, executive director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center where LA CaTS is based, led the conference.

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8:57am

Fri March 28, 2014
Science

Neches River symposium in Lufkin features five outdoor authors

Adrian Van Dellen of Woodville, Texas, has taken thousands of pictures of the Neches River watershed.
Credit Adrian Van Dellen

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin will host a discussion Sunday about preserving the Neches River. The five authors on the panel have an intimate knowledge of the Neches, which flows more than 400 miles through East Texas. 

Stephen F. Austin State emeritus professor of English, Francis Abernethy, has penned a new book, “Let the River Run Wild!” Abernethy collaborated with Woodville, Texas, photographer and conservationist Adrian Van Dellen. The 88-year-old Abernethy says they spent nights on the Neches River to produce the book.

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9:41am

Thu March 6, 2014
Science

Dinosaur-era paddlefish once again inhabit Caddo Lake

Credit The Nature Conservancy

Close to 50 paddlefish are once again swimming around in Caddo Lake. Scientists and researchers from a half dozen federal and private agencies are collaborating on an effort to evaluate the health of the Caddo Lake watershed, and the dinosaur-era paddlefish will be a leading indicator. 

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