August 2006

August 27th

Frank Burris, an Oregon State University Extension faculty member based in Gold Beach, Ore., has teamed with state and federal researchers and south coast citizens to document the timing and extent of bacterial contamination on beaches and to trace the sources of that contamination.

August 16th

Pyrethroids, a class of common household and agricultural chemicals touted for their low toxicity to human and mammal populations, may disrupt the life cycles of caddisfly and increase rates of predation on the larvae by other aquatic insects and fish even at doses as minute as 2 parts per billion, according to a study by Oregon State University researchers.

August 8th

A collaborative OSU study looked at populations of Adélie Penguins in the western Ross Sea, Antarctica, over a period of four breeding seasons to determine whether or not flipper bands affected the ability of the flightless birds to forage for food and carry food loads. The study, which also looked at apparent annual survival rates for banded and unbanded birds, appeared in the July issue of The Auk.

August 7th

Bruce Sorte, an Oregon State University Extension economist in the College of Agricultural Sciences, analyzed the flow of goods and services created by county fairs in different parts of Oregon. He found that county fairs’ expenditures and the expenditures that they attracted to the local economy leveraged the fairs’ budgets by as much as 10 to 1. More difficult to measure was the value of county fairs as a gathering place for local people across cultures, ages, professions and leisure activities.