The American Phytopathological Society Foundation recently presented 18 student members with the 2004 student travel awards. Each award recipient received $400 from the APS Foundation to help them attend the APS Annual Meeting held recently in Anaheim, Calif.

The travel awards are designed to help students studying in the field of plant pathology present their work, either in an oral or poster presentation, at the society's annual meeting.

Irrigation efficiency requires not only uniform irrigation, but also the proper timing and amount of applied water. It is considered important that the irrigator know the system water application rate, either in inches per day, inches per hour, or gallons per hour.

A review of consumer-survey research to date finds that most consumers are ignorant about agricultural biotechnology, but those who know about it are evenly split for and against, with a small group being vehemently opposed. In surveys, most consumers say they would prefer that biotech foods be labeled.

Tomatoes grown in a sustainable agricultural system using a legume cover crop as fertilizer had better disease resistance and lived longer than tomatoes grown on black polyethylene mulch with chemical fertilizer, Agricultural Research Service scientists report.

Feeding phytase to swine, combined with adding aluminum chloride to their manure, can cut phosphorus pollution of water by as much as 70 percent, according to a study by Agricultural Research Service scientists and cooperators.

The National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation recently released animal germplasm from its collection for the first time, to researchers with the University of Missouri-Columbia. The Missouri scientists received semen samples from three Holstein bulls. Holsteins are the main breed of dairy cows raised in the United States. The researchers are trying to identify genes associated with milk production and specifically requested these samples from bulls born in 1957, 1964 and 1972.