Andrew Rannells Enters the Hamilton Kingdom 10/27

first_img View Comments Related Shows Andrew Rannells is continuing his Broadway track record of only appearing in blockbusters as he steps into the shoes of King George in Hamilton on October 27. Rannells temporarily replaces Jonathan Groff, who is on hiatus filming the final installment of HBO’s Looking.“I feel so fortunate that I get to pop in for five weeks,” Rannells told Broadway.com. “I get to be a little part of this huge hit musical and then see ya later for the holidays!” The Book of Mormon Tony Award nominee was last seen as the first replacement for Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a similarly short run of eight weeks. “This is my thing,” he joked. “You get me for a little bit and then I’ll peace out.”In addition to Mormon, Rannells appeared on Broadway in the, yup, smash hits Jersey Boys and Hairspray. On TV, he headlined the sitcom The New Normal and is a regular on HBO’s Girls. Films include Bachelorette and the current comedy The Intern.“[Hamilton] is such a wonderful group of people,” he added. “And Jonathan Groff is a good friend of mine so it’s been really fun to hang out with him backstage and for him to show me the ropes. I’m really just so honored that they asked me!” Rannells is expected to perform King George at the Richard Rodgers Theatre through November 29, with Groff scheduled to return on December 1.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also currently includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. from $149.00 Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Garden Killer.

first_img Finally, Reeves shows a tree trunk on which hundreds of holes have appeared. It’s the handiwork of the yellow-bellied sapsucker. Squash vine borers are disgusting veggie killers in your garden. But on “The Georgia Gardener” July 29 and 31, host Walter Reeves shows how to turn the tables. Reeves talks with University of Georgia horticulturist Wayne McLaurin on how to identify and control squash vine borers. Call “The Georgia Gardener” toll-free number!* 1-877-GAGROWS *center_img They also visit a tire tower where they’ve been growing Irish potatoes. They find the potatoes — and a nasty surprise, too. “The Georgia Gardener” is especially for Georgia gardeners, airing Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV. It’s a production of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.last_img read more

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Designer Grasses

first_imgEfficiency is the key to success, even in designer grasses. “The new grasses are all being developed with the goal of maintaining turf quality with less input of water, pesticides and, to some degree, fertilizer,” said Wayne Hanna, a U.S. Department of Agriculture turf grass breeder.Hanna, working closely with the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga., helped usher in some of the most successful new Bermuda grasses and centipede grasses. Most of the triploid hybrid Bermuda grasses used world-wide were developed in Tifton. On the MarketTwo of Hanna’s Bermuda grasses already on the market include TifEagle and TifSport. TifEagle is a super dwarf Bermuda grass for golf course greens. TifSport is a more cold-hardy grass forsports fields. Parts of more than 300 golf courses throughout the South planted TifEagle in 1999.TifEagle was in testing for eight years before it was released. TifSport took 11 years. “We genetically incorporate the genes that will give resistance to the major pests and drought,and maintain acceptable turfgrass quality under less water,” Hanna says. “Most of our screening and breeding is conducted under conditions of minimum fertility,” he said. “We select genotypes that will eventually become cultivars to produce an acceptable quality turf with less fertilizer. We need grasses that more efficiently use the nutrients.” UGA Turf TeamHanna’s work is part of the turfgrass program conducted by 14 scientists in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The turf team develops new varieties, screens currentvarieties for tolerance to environmental stresses and studies insects and diseases.These scientists are studying a long list of potential new grasses and turf. It includes 132 tall fescues, 30 Zoysia grasses, 20 buffalo grasses and 32 Bermuda grasses. The Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin focuses on screening turfgrasses for tolerance in high-stress situations in the Southeast. They include high soil acidity, high soil bulk density, heavy clay soils and high heat and extreme drought stresses. They have screened more than 500 cultivars representing most turfgrass species grown throughout the world. In 1992 Ronny Duncan, a turfgrass breeder in Griffin, set up the only breeding program in the world for seashore paspalum. He has released two paspalum grasses: Sea Isle I, for golf fairways, tees and sports turf, was developed from genetic material found in Argentina; Sea Isle 2000, for golf course greens, originated from genetic material collected on the west coast of Florida. Unique Studies “These grasses are unique,” says Gil Landry, a UGA extension turf specialist. “Nobody else in the world is dealing with paspalum. They tolerate much higher levels of salt (up to ocean level salts — 34,400 ppm) in soil and water. The paspalum turfgrasses are native to coastal areas in similar climates throughout the world.”The grasses are scheduled to be released in the summer of 2000. A book titled “Seashore Paspalum – The Environmental Turfgrass” by Duncan will be available in February 2000. Thisbook contains scientific facts about the grass and management information, including irrigation with sea water. The book will be available from Ann Arbor Press, Chelsea, Mich.A few months ago, Duncan released a new fall fescue adapted to Georgia’s growing conditions. It should be available to the public in a few years.New grass varieties must thrive under the same conditions homeowners face to maintain a healthy lawn. “I’m trying to take my own advice,” Hanna says. “We need to learn how to use less water and less pesticides in the future. It’s not if we want to, it’s that we will have to.”Duncan agrees. “Seashore paspalum will add a new dimension in that all types of alternative water resources (effluent from wastewater and recycled water, brackish water or sea water) can be used forirrigation. This turfgrass tolerates wet, boggy areas. And, yet with good management, it has excellent drought tolerance. This grass will require minimal pesticides and fertilizer so it will be very environmentally friendly,” Duncan says. This story is another in a weekly series called “Planting the Seed: Science for the New Millennium.” These stories feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future.last_img read more

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Plan Orchard.

first_imgAnna5Early,dessert (red blush)A Mollie’sDelicious3,4Fresh,sauce and piesB Redgold1,2,3 DessertB VarietiesZoneUsesPollinationCode Priscilla1,2,3Sub-aciddessertC DorsettGolden5Early,dessert (yellow)A Jerserymac1,2,3Fresh,sauce and piesB Yates1,2,3,4Small,subacid, mellow, juicyB OzarkGold1,2,3Dessert(yellow)C Several types of tree fruit can be grown in Georgia. Some of the more popular for the home orchard are apples, pears, peaches, plums and nectarines. For a successful orchard, you need to plan way ahead.All of these fruits require good sites, pollination, pest control and maintenance. The best site is one with plenty of sunlight, air drainage and good soil structure and chemistry.Plant your trees where they will get the most sunlight. If you plant them in rows, orient them north to south.Put them, too, where cold air will drain away from them on frost nights. Cold air drains downhill, so put fruit trees on top of a hill on a southeastern-facing slope. If the area is flat, put them where cold air can drain away unblocked by bordering woods.Well-drained SoilThe soil should be well-drained. A sandy loam to sandy clay loam is best. Have soil samples analyzed for nematodes and pH. Add lime to bring the soil to a pH of 6.5. Your county extension agent can help with this. Now is the best time to analyze the soil for next year’s orchard planting.Select varieties that will do well in your specific climate. Georgia has two systems for designating hardiness zones.U.S. Department of Agriculture zones in the state range from 6b (the coldest) to 8b. These are most often used by nurseries and seed catalogues. Georgia designations range from 1 (the coldest) to 5. These are used in University of Georgia Extension Service bulletins about tree fruit production.Protect PollinatorsPollen is moved by wind and insects. Bees and other pollinators improve the pollination of most fruit trees, so protect them. Don’t spray insecticides when they’re working the flowers.Fruit trees are either self-fruitful or self-unfruitful. The latter group requires pollination from a different but compatible variety known as a pollinizer. Peaches and nectarines don’t require pollinizers, but apples, pears and plums do.Many apple varieties can be grown in Georgia. They are listed in the chart below with their planting zones and pollination codes. Stayman must be matched with a male fertile member of group C to produce fruit.Pears, Fire BlightSelect pears based on their susceptibility to fire blight. A number of Asian and hybrid pears are grown in Georgia. Asian pears have to be planted with another compatible pear variety.There are hundreds of peach varieties to choose from. Select them based on planting zone and harvest date. The ideal variety requires so many hours of chilling that it breaks dormancy, blooms and sets fruit when the danger of frost is over. Of course, most varieties aren’t ideal.A few nectarine varieties are also available. However, the lack of fuzz makes the fruit more susceptible to insects and diseases.Several new plum varieties have been developed for the Southeast. They generally have very low chill requirements and thus flower at about the same time. Plant them along with a different variety for pollination. Applesfor Georgia RedDelicious1,2,3,4Sweet,fresh, or saladsB Stayman1,2,3Tart,all-purposeC-sterile Best RootstockPlant Carefully *To determine compatible pollinizing pairs, match the letter codes. GoldenDelicious1,2,3,4Sub-acid,yellow, all purposeC GrannySmith1,2,3,4All-purpose(yellow green)Clast_img read more

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Classrooms to labs

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaLynn Swain and Landon Alberson pore over detailed digital maps and data on computer screens. They’re learning software that will help them and their students study and monitor the water quantity and quality in their area.For most of the year, Alberson and Swain teach high school science in Tift County, Ga. But for a month this summer, they and 14 other middle and high school science teachers from 10 south Georgia counties became working scientists through the Georgia Internships For Teachers program.Classroom confines”Teachers can sometimes become isolated in their classrooms,” said Swain, who teaches environmental science courses. But the GIFT program, she said, breaks them out of the classroom confines and teams them with working scientists.The teachers conduct research at the University of Georgia’s Tifton, Ga., campus, and see firsthand the practical applications of things they teach their students.Teachers are charged to take the experience back to their students and show them that science is more than just lectures and textbooks.”The experience enriches our curriculum,” said Alberson, who teaches biology.Through his connection to the program last year, Alberson was able to show his students how science solves problems. He paired many of his students with science mentors on the Tifton campus.GIFT works”I’ve seen the GIFT program work for many years,” said Susan Reinhardt, an education program specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”The teachers are excited about being involved with current scientific research, taking this information back to their students and linking textbook information with real-world applications,” she said.Making the gradeAccording to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Georgia’s elementary and middle school students aren’t faring well in science. Only 23 percent of Georgia’s fourth-grade science students perform at a proficient level, 5 percent fewer than the national average. Just 23 percent of Georgia’s eighth-grade science students perform at a proficient level. That’s 7 percent below the U.S. average.The GIFT program was developed by Georgia Tech in 1991. Since then, more than 80 organizations and universities have provided this opportunity for about 1,000 teachers in 44 Georgia school systems.GIFT, for the most part, has been offered to teachers in and around metro Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta, Reinhardt said. But this is the second year it’s been offered in Tifton.It’s a paid experience for the teachers, she said. A grant provides funding, along with money from the participating school systems.”It’s a win situation for both groups,” Reinhardt said. “Scientists become aware of the needs and expectations of teachers. And teachers understand the importance of producing more students interested in science.”High school students, too, are learning real-world science on the Tifton campus as part of the Young Scholar Summer Internship Program. The six-week program pairs students with a serious interest in science and technology with working scientists. Students are exposed to many fields of scientific study, application and career opportunities.last_img read more

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Turfgrass battle plan

first_imgOn cold winter days, you may dream of summer and the return of cookouts or flag football games on soft, springy lawns. Or you may just long to sit and admire your beautiful turfgrass with a cold, sweet tea in hand. There are several steps you can take now, in the cold of winter, to help you enjoy a beautiful lawn in the summer.Turfgrass battle planBecause of past droughts and resulting legislation, outdoor water use will continue to be an issue in Georgia. Water usage is something every homeowner must seriously consider and plan for. How much water did you use last summer to keep your lawn green? If the water regulations tighten, how will you irrigate your lawn? By planning ahead you will be able to support a lush lawn by making wise use of limited water resources. A few simple things can make a big difference in your water bill and our state’s water usage. Don’t block sunlightFirst, rake up the leaves leftover from the fall. Leaves can trap moisture and block out sunlight. Both are bad for turfgrass, especially cool-season grasses like tall fescue. Moisture trapped between the leaves and grass encourages disease. Blocking sunlight is detrimental for grasses. The warm-season grasses are actually active after we think they are dormant for the season. They still need sunlight and good airflow. If you don’t want to take the time to rake the leaves, shred them with a lawn mower. Keeping grass as healthy as possible prepares it for summer stresses like heat and drought. Test your soil and check your mower, irrigationNext, get a soil test. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers soil testing for a small fee. The soil is tested for fertility and pH. Information from a soil test will help you develop an efficient liming and fertilization program that will result in the healthiest lawn possible. Contact your local UGA Extension office for more information on soil tests.Now, take a look at your lawn mower. Replace the oil and clean or replace the oil filter. Check all nuts and bolts to make sure they haven’t become loose. Most importantly, sharpen mower blades. Dull mower blades actually tear grass leaves and injure the plant. Next, inspect your irrigation system. Hopefully, the system has been shut down and the water has been drained out and turned off. Replace broken irrigation heads and position the heads so they don’t water the sidewalk or road. Now you are ready to test and calibrate your system come spring.Simple things like raking leaves, testing soil, performing mower maintenance and inspecting your irrigation system can make a big difference for your lawn this summer. For more information on managing turfgrass in Georgia, see the UGA turfgrass website at www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

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Coolong to start July 1

first_imgTim Coolong has a passion for studying vegetable production. The University of Georgia is an attractive destination for renowned scientists.Together, they are a match made in agricultural heaven.Coolong, an associate Extension professor at the University of Kentucky for the past six years, is slated to become the new vegetable horticulturist at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton campus on Monday, July 1. “The fresh vegetable industry in Georgia is ranked third nationally so there’s a tremendous opportunity to have an impact and work with some really good people,” Coolong said.Coolong will work with all vegetables, but the bulk of his time will be spent on vegetables with the most acreage in the state: watermelons, sweet corn, peppers, beans, cucumbers and onions, on which Coolong did his graduate work.“I’m going to try to develop more variety trials to get some needed information to growers in Georgia and also look at some fertility [issues],” he said. “I think based on the way some other states have gone with an emphasis on run-off with water quality, I think having updated fertility data for crops would be helpful.”Vegetables generated more than $781 million in revenue for the state, according to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Of all Georgia-grown vegetables, onions generated the most revenue in Georgia in 2011 with $159 million or 20.36 percent of production. Watermelons were second at 12.6 percent and bell peppers were third at 9.9 percent.“Certainly in Kentucky, a lot of people got their livelihoods from farms in terms of sheer acreage. The growers in Georgia are up there as far as national leaders. This is a huge responsibility to be able to be there to support them with good applied research,” Coolong said. “It’s something I’m not taking lightly, that’s for sure.”For more information about vegetable production Georgia, go to extension.uga.edu/agriculture/ag-fruits-vegetables.last_img read more

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Save Water

first_imgFortunately, Georgia is not currently under drought conditions. However, more and more people are “living green” and being conservative users of natural resources. It’s easy to conserve water by following these tips from University of Georgia Extension. Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling the bathtub uses about 50 gallons of water, and taking a shower uses about 20 gallons. Shorten your shower to five minutes and install a water-saving showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons per minute.Use a glass for rinsing when brushing your teeth or shaving instead of letting the faucet run. Using an electric razor also saves water. Install a low-flow toilet. Low-flow toilets need only 1.6 gallons per flush, saving thousands of gallons per year. Unlike earlier models, today’s low-flow toilets receive high marks from consumers for overall performance.Think before you flush. Every flush you eliminate saves between 2 and 7 gallons of water.Fix leaking faucets and toilets. An average of 8 percent of all household water used is wasted through leaks. Test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way to the bowl, you have a leak.Reuse clean household water. Collect the water that is wasted while you wait for the hot water to reach the faucet or showerhead. Use this to water houseplants or outdoor planters. Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry. You’ll save both water and energy. Reduce dishwashing time by using rubber spatulas to scrape dishes clean to limit pre-rinsing. Soak dirty pans or dishes to quicken washing. (Most new dishwashers don’t require pre-rinsing.)Avoid using the garbage disposal. Instead, compost leftover fruits and vegetables.Refrigerate a pitcher of water instead of letting a faucet flow until the water runs cold. Prepare food efficiently. Clean foods with a vegetable brush, then spray with water in short bursts. Plan ahead to defrost foods overnight in the refrigerator. Don’t use running water to defrost food; instead, use the microwave or put wrapped food in a bowl of cold water. You can save water by turning off the lights and adjusting the air conditioner when you are not at home. Energy is produced using large volumes of water. Reducing energy demands can reduce the water needed to produce that energy.For more tips on how to save water indoors and outdoors, see UGA Extension publications online at extension.uga.edu/publications and search “save water.”last_img read more

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Plantapalooza 2018

first_imgSpring is here, which means it’s time to plant summer gardens. Through plant sales and the annual Plantapalooza event on Saturday, April 14, the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia; the State Botanical Garden of Georgia; the UGA Horticulture Club; the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (PBGG) Graduate Student Association; and the Plant Biology Graduate Student Association (PBGSA) make plant-buying easy.Trial GardensThe trial gardens will have annuals, perennials, succulents, vines and tropical plants, many of which are difficult to find, for sale. UGArden representatives will be on hand, selling medicinal teas, and the King of Pops will sell popsicles. The only methods of payment accepted will be cash or check.Location: 1030 W. Green St., Athens, Georgia, 30602Date and time: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.-noon.More information is available on the gardens’ Facebook page at The Trial Gardens @ UGA or online at ugatrial.hort.uga.edu.State Botanical Garden of GeorgiaThe botanical garden will have native plants, trees and shrubs, perennials, herbs and vegetables for sale. This year, more than 20 varieties of tomatoes will be available. Admission and parking for the botanical garden sale is free and includes access to the tropical conservatory, horticultural gardens and more than 5 miles of nature trails.Location: 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, Georgia, 30605Date and time: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.More information is available on Facebook at the botanical garden’s page, State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA, or online at botgarden.uga.edu.UGA Horticulture ClubThe horticulture club will have landscape and herbaceous plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, houseplants and succulents for sale. The club gives UGA students real-world experience in the horticulture industry, and the funds raised from the plant sale will go directly toward scholarships, educational trips and into plant materials for students to grow and sell in future plant sales.Dates and times:Friday, April 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Sunday, April 8, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.Friday, April 13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Sunday, April 15, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.Location: 111 Riverbend Road, Athens, Georgia, 30605Both graduate student associations will also have pickup for online orders in the parking lot on April 14.More information is available on Facebook at the club’s page, UGA Horticulture Club, or online at www.ugahortclub.wixsite.com/mysite/spring-plant-sale.Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Graduate Student AssociationThe PBGG Graduate Student Association will sell a variety of fruits and vegetables, including squash, cucumbers, peppers, toma verde tomatillos, Georgia rattlesnake watermelons, Mexican sour cucumbers and ghostbuster eggplants.Plants are $2.50 apiece or $2 when ordered online. Online orders can be picked up Friday, April 13; at Plantapalooza on Saturday, April 14, across from the horticulture club sale; or Friday, April 20. On April 14, during Plantapalooza, only online orders will be filled. As far as payment, cash or check is preferred.Dates and times:Friday, April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-noon. (Online pickup only)Friday, April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Location: D.W. Brooks MallOnline order pickup on April 14 will be available in the parking lot at 111 Riverbend Road, Athens, Georgia, 30605.More information is available on Facebook at the graduate student association’s Facebook page, Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics at the University of Georgia. Presale orders can be placed online at www.ugaplantbreeding.wixsite.com/pbggplantsale.         Plant Biology Graduate Student Association The PBGSA will sell herbs, including lavender, rosemary, apple mint and more. PBGSA will also have houseplants, orchids and succulents for sale, ranging from $5 to $10.Plants are $2.50 apiece or $2 online. Online orders can be picked up Friday, April 13; at Plantapalooza on Saturday, April 14, across from the horticulture club sale; or Friday, April 20. On April 14, during Plantapalooza, only online orders will be filled. As far as payment, cash or check is preferred.Dates and times:Friday, April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Saturday, April 14. 10 a.m.-noon (Online pickup only)Friday, April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Location: D.W. Brooks MallOnline orders may be picked up on April 14 in the parking lot at 111 Riverbend Road, Athens, Georgia, 30605.More information about the sale and preorders is available online at www.plantbio.uga.edu/pbgsa-herb-sale.last_img read more

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Gene Search

first_imgUniversity of Georgia food scientist Henk den Bakker is a member of an international team of researchers that has developed a way to quickly search massive amounts of DNA microbial data to identify specific genes, such as the genes responsible for drug-resistant bacteria.Using their combined knowledge of bacterial genetics and web search algorithms, the scientists built the Bitsliced Genomic Signature Index (BIGSI), a DNA search engine that serves a similar purpose as internet search engines like Google.Described in a paper published in the February 2019 issue of Nature Biotechnology, the search engine could enable researchers and public-health agencies to perform fast searches of genome sequencing data to monitor the spread of genes in microbial populations.This means scientists can now quickly identify how many strains of bacteria — among hundreds of thousands of bacterial genomes contained in databases — contain genes that, for example, make them harder to fight with traditional antibiotics.“A lot of labs are currently sequencing the DNA of microorganisms and they enter this data in international public databases, such as Genbank in the U.S. These data produced by these sequencers are not a single genome sequence, instead they consist of hundreds of thousands of little genomic sequences, which researchers have to piece together to study the genome and individual genes,” said den Bakker, a researcher in the UGA Center for Food Safety on the UGA Griffin campus. “There are currently hundreds of thousands of data points, each representing a microbial strain. Like Google, the Bitsliced Genomic Signature Index (BIGSI) can show us which other bacteria share certain genes.”For comparison, den Bakker recalled a time just a few years ago when he was part of a group of scientists working on strains of bacteria from France. It took a little less than a month to search through available data to find other strains in which this particular resistant gene could be found.“Now it only takes seconds using our ultra-fast system of bacterial and viral genomic data,” he said. “We can now look for microbial resistance quicker, and we can see which ones spread more quickly or are resistant to sanitizers or even resistant to colistin, which is kind of a last resort antibiotic medication.”With today’s technology, the amount of microbial DNA scientists sequence doubles every two years. Until now, there was no practical way to search this massive amount of data.BIGSI could prove extremely useful during outbreaks of foodborne illness. For example, it would be helpful during a food poisoning outbreak caused by a Salmonella strain containing a drug-resistance plasmid (a ‘hitchhiking’ DNA element that can spread drug resistance across different bacterial species). BIGSI would allow researchers to easily spot if and when the plasmid has been seen before.“This search engine complements other existing tools and offers a solution that can scale to the vast amounts of data we’re now generating,” said Phelim Bradley, leader of the project and a bioinformatician at the European Bioinformatics Institute. “This means that the search will continue to work as the amount of data keeps growing. In fact, this was one of the biggest challenges we had to overcome. We were able to develop a search engine that can be used by anybody with an internet connection.”The full article on this project can be viewed at www.nature.com/articles/s41587-018-0010-1. For more information about the UGA Center for Food Safety, visit cfs.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

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