first_imgBakels’ (Bicester, Oxfordshire) latest addition to its range of release agents is Spink – a general purpose lubricant that comes in a 500ml aerosol can.The company says that Spink offers the same features as its Tinwax release agent, which is used for high sugar confectionery products such as sponges and Swiss rolls, but is equally suitable for pizza pans and silver foils.Tinwax is a blend of vegetable oil and vegetable wax and provides a clean release every time. It can be applied by hand or spray from a 12kg ’bag in box’.Other release agents in Bakels’ range include Tincol, Dovidol, Tinglide and Release, each of which has a specific application for the release of bread, confectionery and savouries.Tincol is suitable for both bread and roll production. It can be applied by hand, pad or spray gun and is available in a variety of pack sizes. In line with current health trends, a soya-free version is available.Dovidol is a blend of refined vegetable oils, which prevents dough pick up and provides a trouble-free release from surfaces such as dough dividers, bowls, chutes and hoppers.It can be applied by brush, hand-held sprayer and automatic spray systems. Also available is Dovidol Green which is approved by the Soil Association.Tinglide, an all-purpose confectionery release agent produced in various grades, is for sponges, cakes and Swiss roll production.last_img read more

Cotton Breeding

first_imgUniversity of Georgia cotton breeder Peng Chee’s groundbreaking research in molecular genetics provides Georgia cotton farmers with root-knot-nematode-resistant cotton varieties. It also garnered Chee national recognition in January, when he was awarded the 2016 Cotton Genetics Research Award during the 2017 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference in Dallas.Chee, a professor in UGA’s Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, identified nematode resistance as a top priority when he started working on the UGA Tifton Campus in 2000.“Host-plant-resistance research has been a high priority in my lab,” Chee said. “We were the first group to identify the genes involved in providing resistance to root-knot nematode in cotton.”Chee published the genome location of the resistant genes in 2006, and private breeding companies now use this knowledge to develop a selection system to transfer the resistant genes into elite cotton varieties. Ten years later, there are now numerous nematode-resistance varieties available to cotton growers.If infected by microscopic southern root-knot nematodes, cotton roots swell in response. The knots serve as feeding sites where the nematodes grow, produce more eggs and stunt the plant’s growth.Breeding for resistance to nematodes increased in importance when some of the chemical treatment options that Georgia farmers used to combat the nematodes were slowly phased out. The Coastal Plain region is a hotbed for southern root-knot nematodes in cotton, Chee said. Depending on the year and environmental conditions, Georgia cotton crops could be vulnerable to a significant outbreak of nematodes.Using nematode-resistant varieties might be the best course of action for some farmers, especially since about 70 percent of Georgia’s cotton fields are infested.In addition to the nematode research, Chee’s work in the UGA Molecular Cotton Breeding Laboratory has centered on fiber quality, a trait he considers essential if the U.S. cotton industry is to compete with other cotton-producing countries and, more importantly, with synthetic fibers. One of the main goals of Chee’s lab is to explore wild cotton to identify fiber-quality genes currently not in the domesticated germplasm and to breed them into cotton varieties adapted for Georgia.“The whole approach to cotton breeding has changed a lot in the last two decades. When I first started working at the Tifton Campus, cotton genomics was still in its infancy,” Chee said. “Our goal at the time was to develop a genomic toolbox for cotton breeders. I believe we are now starting to see new cotton varieties being developed through the use of these tools.”While Chee’s work has been successful, he can’t help but think about the future of genetic research and where it could lead over the next decade.“This is an exciting time to be in the field of cotton breeding and genomics. I have witnessed cotton breeding, transitioning from traditional phenotypic selection to selection of progeny based on what genes they carry by using DNA markers. The complete genome sequence of cotton has greatly accelerated our understanding of the genetic control of economically important traits such as insect and disease resistance as well as fiber yield and quality,” Chee said. “I suspect the next two decades will see a broad application of genomics in cotton breeding.”For more information about the research conducted in the UGA Molecular Cotton Breeding Laboratory, see read more

Honda USA to shut down next week

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Honda stated in a press release today that it will suspend production beginning March 23 through March 31. Honda says it will continue to pay its employees affected by the pause in production. In the United States, the shutdown will close plants in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Ohio.last_img

Hughes furious over Ireland injury

first_img Just before the interval of the Potters’ 1-0 Barclays Premier League home win over Hull on Saturday, Ireland was on the receiving end of a rash-looking challenge from Tigers defender Maynor Figueroa and he was subsequently substituted at half-time. After the game, Hughes revealed Ireland had sustained a calf injury that required ”something like 12 or 15 stitches” – and a photograph published on Sunday by The Telegraph shows the huge gash that was in the 28-year-old Irishman’s leg before the stitches went in. Tigers boss Steve Bruce – whose side are four points above the relegation zone in 15th while Stoke are 10th – claimed Crouch’s effort should have been ruled out for offside, and said the Aluko opportunity was the best of the match. Bruce, quoted by the Hull Daily Mail, said: “We didn’t do enough with the ball but we had the best chance of the game. “When Sone’s wriggled free, that’s a great opportunity and when you look at the opportunities in the game, we’ve probably created the best one. “He’s tried to hit it with the outside of his left foot. For me, you have to take it with your right foot and at least hit the target. It’s wonderful skill to get there but when you create big chances like that, you’ve got to take them.” A gruesome image has emerged showing Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland’s injured leg shortly after the tackle his manager Mark Hughes said could have ended the player’s career. The tackle that had caused the damage went unpunished, with referee Neil Swarbrick allowing play to continue at the time. And the official and his assistant were strongly condemned by Hughes, who said Figueroa should have been shown a straight red card. The manager also rated the challenge worse than the one made a week earlier by Burnley forward Ashley Barnes on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge which drew so much attention. Hughes told the BBC: “The tackle on Stevie Ireland could have finished his career. “Why the referee hasn’t given a straight red for that, I have no idea. The referees have got to get their act together, really. “He has had it all stitched up and hopefully it doesn’t get infected, but that is the risk over the next couple of days.” A 71st-minute header from Stoke striker Peter Crouch, notched a minute after he came off the bench, settled Saturday’s encounter at the Britannia Stadium – a game which was particularly low on entertainment. Neither side produced much going forward, with Hull’s only real chance coming in the 20th minute when Sone Aluko outfoxed Philipp Wollscheid to get into the Stoke box before sending the ball wide of the far post with his left foot from a tight angle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bourque makes most of NHL debut with Chicago

first_imgCHICAGO — The last memory most Badger fans have of Rene Bourque was seeing him on one knee after a heart-breaking overtime loss to Maine which kept Wisconsin from reaching the 2004 NCAA Frozen Four.Fellow captain Dan Boeser had an arm around the senior as the two consoled each other after their last game in Badger uniforms.Bourque, who scored 57 goals and 97 points in 153 games with UW from 2000-04, was a free agent. With his time wearing cardinal and white over, who could have known where his life would lead him?Two years later, Bourque still remembers that loss to Maine as one of the toughest moments of his hockey career.”We lost to Maine in overtime and that hurt — it’s probably the worst loss I have ever suffered because my four years at Wisconsin were all over in a flash,” Bourque said. “But I just worked really hard after that.”The 23-year-old worked hard enough, in fact, to find himself on the Chicago Blackhawks’ roster to open the 2005-06 NHL season last week.”It’s been really exciting. I’m living my dream,” Bourque said after Chicago’s 3-2 loss to Columbus Sunday night. “I’ve worked really hard to get here and now I’m here and it’s kind of surreal.”Bourque was signed by the Blackhawks in July of 2004, but with the NHL season cancelled, he went to work with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. But that suited him just fine. Actually, the lockout was probably to his benefit.”I think that, with no NHL last year … I wasn’t thinking about getting called up or anything like that,” Bourque said. “I was just focusing on playing hard and playing good in the American Hockey League. We had a good team and it was a really good league last year with all the NHL players down there too.”All that Bourque did in his time with Norfolk was score 33 goals and notch 60 points in 78 games, earning himself the AHL Rookie of the Year award. He also earned a spot in the league’s All-Star game and won the hardest shot contest, blazing a shot just .2 ticks shy of 100 miles per hour.So when Trent Yawney — Norfolk’s head coach last year — was named the Blackhawks’ head coach to start this season, Bourque saw his chance to make the NHL and took advantage of it.”I just had a really good year [in Norfolk]. Trent Yawney coached down there and really gave me confidence,” Bourque said. “Then he ended up getting the job up here so it worked out well.”The Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada native picked up right where he had left off in the AHL. After a strong preseason, including a two-goal effort in the first exhibition of the season, Bourque had earned his chance in the big league.”It’s definitely a lot faster and there are better players here than in the AHL, but I [have] six games in exhibition to try and get used to it,” Bourque said.And get used to the faster pace he did — scoring his first NHL goal in his debut game, a power play score in a 5-3 loss to the Mighty Ducks. Making it even more special, his parents were there to witness the whole thing.”It was pretty nice to score a goal in my first game with my parents in the crowd,” Bourque said. “They’re really proud of me and they’ve supported me throughout my career so it was really nice to get my first one in front of them. Now I’ll just try to keep it rolling.”He got his first regular-season start Sunday night and embarked on his first road trip the following morning.Bourque credits his time at UW and head coach Mike Eaves for helping him get where he is today.”Mike Eaves really helped me more than you could imagine, especially with work ethic,” Bourque said. “We worked a lot one-on-one and he just gave me a lot of tips to be a better hockey player. I owe a lot to him and the Badgers.”With that Eaves-instilled work ethic, Bourque will continue to try and make the most of his rookie season.”I just want to stick up here for the whole year — play in the NHL for a full year and just contribute in my own end and put some pucks in the back of the net.”last_img read more

Blackshear, Rasmussen provide spark at plate

first_imgInfielder Shannel Blackshear stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the second inning with the Badgers trailing 3-0 early on against Northwestern in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. The sophomore battled with Wildcat pitcher Jessica Smith, fouling off ball after ball to stay alive, and the persistence paid off.On the 16th pitch of the at-bat, Blackshear connected on her seventh home run of the year to make the score 3-1.“Honestly, I was just trying to foul pitches off and I was doing my best not to let the umpire take control of my at-bat,” Blackshear said. “Anything close, I was going to try and hit it just to stay in that at-bat and change things for my team.”Blackshear’s home run was the first hit of the game for the Badgers, and it was also the turning point, setting the tone for the rest of the game.“Everyone turned to smiles, and everyone thought we’ve actually got a shot here,” head coach Yvette Healy said.Blackshear’s next at-bat went nine pitches (25 total in back-to-back at-bats), exemplifying a patience that is unparalleled by most young power hitters. “This year, I’ve been struggling with swinging at pitches that aren’t good versus the ones that are,” Blackshear said. “I’ve been working really hard to adjust and change that to help my team out.”Blackshear came through again in the bottom of the sixth inning. With bases loaded, the sophomore hit a two-run single up the middle to make the score 8-5. The Badgers rallied and loaded the bases once more in the inning, setting the stage for pinch hitter Dana Rasmussen.“The first thing Coach Snyder said to me as I went on the field was, ‘You’re from Madison; you can do this,’” Rasmussen said. “That lit a spark in me.”With one swing of the bat, Rasmussen hit a triple, her first of the season, to drive in three runs and tie the game.“She’ll never forget that hit,” Healy said. “She’ll be telling her kids about that one.”Rasmussen was hitless in her previous five games, but that didn’t stop Healy and the coaching staff from having the utmost confidence in the senior with the game on line.“She’s a kid who does it in practice,” Healy said. “We did batting practice the other day and she was putting balls over the fence, so we’re proud of her to be able to put it together in a game.”With Rasmussen still on third base in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Badgers weren’t done. It was senior Jordan Wheeler’s turn to contribute, as she laid down a bunt to reach first base and, more importantly, sent home Rasmussen to take the lead, 9-8.“Coming behind [Rasmussen], Jordan was on deck and I said, ‘Put a bunt down here and you’re going to have the game-winning RBI,’” Healy said. “She was able to do that, too, so that’s really fun to see kids coming off the bench do those types of things to win a game.”Krueger goes coldWisconsin experienced d?j? vu as it trailed for much of the second game of the doubleheader. However, the Badgers’ luck ran dry, as they were unable to string together another late-game rally, losing 2-0.Senior outfielder Jennifer Krueger struggled mightily in both games, uncharacteristically going hitless, 0-for-7. Her presence was especially missed in the Badgers’ second game, as they couldn’t manufacture a single run and produced merely three hits.“That’s rare for that to happen,” Healy said. “She’s a great kid, and we’re going to go back to the drawing board and see what kind of adjustments we can make to get her back on track.”last_img read more