November 2006

November 15th

Active individuals lacking in B-vitamins may perform worse during high intensity exercise and have a decreased ability to repair and build muscle than their counterparts with diets rich in the nutrients. The B-vitamins include thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, B-12 and folate. These micronutrients are necessary during the body’s process for converting proteins and sugars into energy, and are used during the production and repair of cells, including red blood cells.

November 14th

Oregon State University scientists are developing value added potatoes resistant to pests and disease for organic production systems. These potatoes may decrease grower cost, and bring new vigor to the Northwest potato market, which grows the majority of potatoes grown in the United States. Conventionally grown potatoes are pesticide intensive, and organic varieties have traditionally been unavailable for large-scale production.

November 9th

The Oregon Seed Growers League will be holding their 2006 annual meeting on December 4 and 5 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Jantzen Beach, Portland. Talks will feature topics including conversion of cereal grain straw to ethanol, biofuels, carbon credits, endophyte research and weed science. For more program information and registration and hotel information, visit Oregon State University’s Oregon Seed Extension Program website at: http://cropand
New research from Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences suggests a diet including eggs enriched with conjugated linoleic acid may help prevent cardiovascular disease. CLA is an important fatty acid that occurs naturally in the fat of ruminants.
Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences senior, Ryan Scholz, is the 2006 winner of the prestigious American Star in Agriscience award given by the National FFA Organization.