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Physics professor participates in

International book fair

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff helps

Arkansas to stay on top in agriculture

By Carol Sanders | SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND HUMAN SCIENCES

The University of Arkansas Sweetpotato Foundation Seed Program has successfully developed its first virus-tested sweetpotato plants. UAPB scientists have produced virus-tested sweetpotato plants that were transferred to and multiplied in the greenhouse. These plants produced generation zero (G0) slips (cuttings) that were planted in the field. Two acres were planted in 2012. These slips produced generation one (G1) sweetpotato roots. G1 seed sweetpotatoes will be available to Arkansas slip producers in 2013. Plans are to increase the acreage in coming years. Growers need virus-indexed slips in time to allow for the 90 to 120 day growing season. For years Arkansas sweetpotato growers have had to rely on neighboring states for slips. Most Arkansas producers purchase slips from two Arkansas slip producers who get their seed potatoes (G2) from Louisiana, North Carolina or Mississippi. But, this may soon be a thing of the past. Several sweet-potato related research projects are underway at UAPB ranging from the effect of cover crops on sweetpotato production, effect of herbicides on weed control in sweetpotato fields and selected insecticides for soil insect control in sweetpotato to microbiological quality of fresh-cut sweet potatoes treated with chitosan and hydroxypropl methylcellulose-based edible coatings. slip: a cutting taken from a sweetpotato vine for planting

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Dr. Miah Muhammad Adel, Professor of Physics and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has two of his three books on display at the Ekushe Book Fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of International Vernacular Day. His first book is on the safest posture having the least risk for lightning strikes entitled Sejday Abastan Bajraghat theke Paritran in Bengali. Climate change has recently increased the lightning strikes in Bangladesh, a country where many people are outside in the open air at a time and results in a heavy death toll annually. Using the laws of electricity, Dr. Adel proves that prostration is the safest position to avoid lightning strikes. Earlier he published an article on this in Physics International in 2012. The author’s second book is on water piracy at the upstream entitled Jaladasyupana in Bengali. He has portrayed the water piracy picture at the upstream of Bangladesh that has lost more than 60% of water resources in the Ganges basin. This is a heavy loss on the water resources that established and maintained her wetland ecosystem covering more than one-third of the country’s total wetlands (66% of the country). Also, he has mentioned water piracy in the Aral Sea basin, the Indus basin, and the Mekong basin in his book. This is an outcome of his decade-long research on South Asian water resources. The author’s third book is on the integrated downstream effects from the upstream water piracy and is entitled Treeteo Jibjagat in Bengali. His second and the third books are an eye-opening for the upstream water pirates that bring irreparable and irreversible damages including species extinction in the downstream countries. Also, the books have lessons for the World Bank and other donor agencies and for policy makers and planners. His third book will be on display during the Bengali New Year’s Day Fair about a month later. Dr. Adel has published many articles in refereed scientific journals and news media about the materials of the second and the third books. Inaugural Edition

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