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December 2014 News

Food safety researcher named to national advisory committee
Randall Phebus, professor of food safety in the animal sciences and industry department and core faculty at the Food Science Institute, was recently appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.

Nutrient protecting 'peanut brittle' for cattle receives patent
A U.S. patent has been issued for a Kansas State University-developed "peanut brittle" that ensures cows and other livestock eating it get their vitamins. Researchers developed a candy-like coating that protects vitamins and other micronutrients given to cattle and other ruminant animals from being prematurely digested by bacteria in the animal's digestive system. The coating provides an easy, inexpensive method for delivering undiluted dosages of vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients to livestock.

Nutrient balance and integrated management are keys to optimal corn yields
It takes more than high nitrogen uptake for corn to realize its maximum yield potential. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus uptake needs to be in the proper ratio. This is one of the main findings of a comprehensive review of corn research in the United States and worldwide over the past 100 years by cropping systems specialists, Ignacio Ciampitti of Kansas State University, and Tony Vyn of Purdue University.

Kansas State University epidemiologist publishes model on the impact of a regional foot-and-mouth disease outbreak
A model developed by a Kansas State University epidemiologist and one of his former graduate student evaluates the impact and control of a potential outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock.

Kansas State University part of international effort to end global hunger
Kansas State University is one of more than 50 international universities and more than a dozen organizations partnering to end global hunger and malnutrition at home and abroad through the initiative Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH.

University's Crops Team claims sixth straight national championship
The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion for the sixth year in a row. K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in 13 of the past 16 years. To win the 2014 national title, the team won both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 18 and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 22.

Innovative university scientist elected to commission chair of International Soil Science Organization
Ganga Hettiarachchi, associate professor, was recently elected as chair of Commission 4.2 Soils, Food Security, and Human Health of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Her term as chair will extend until 2018.

University's Stephen Higgs named tropical medicine society president-elect, honored for vaccine research
Stephen Higgs, director of the Biosecurity Research Institute, associate vice president for research, university distinguished professor and Virginia and Perry Peine biosecurity chair, was named the president-elect of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the society's 63rd annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Higgs also was recognized with a Sanofi Pasteur Award for his outstanding contribution to research and development of the Sanofi Pasteur dengue vaccine.