The University of Georgia’s newest pecan variety will be released next spring and has shown good resistance against scab disease so far, according to Patrick Conner, a horticultural scientist at the UGA Tifton Campus.“We always say ‘so far’ because the scab pathogen does tend to adapt to trees over time,” Conner said. “Currently, this variety has no scab in our sprayed orchards, and only trace scab in our unsprayed orchards.”The Avalon variety has been patented by UGA, and four nurseries in Georgia are currently licensed to sell Avalon trees. Conner said the variety is unique because of its size and quality combined with high scab resistance.“That combination of big size, high quality and high levels of scab resistance is fairly unique,” Conner said. “Most highly resistant cultivars are either small in size, or they don’t have the commercial quality we like to see.”The Avalon variety’s biggest benefit is the decreasing number of times growers will have to spray fungicides, which will save a lot of money. Conner said that growers of the Desirable variety, Georgia’s most widely grown variety, were spraying 12 to 20 times a season, depending on rainfall.“This variety would need only a couple of sprays per year,” Conner said. “It’s more profitable because you’re avoiding the expense of the fungicides.”Conner said the new variety will also help growers fight scab during a very wet growing season.“Even with full spray coverage on Desirable trees, in a really wet year, you could still get severe damage and crop loss,” Conner said. “Avalon gives you some assurance during a really wet year.”Avalon was developed by crossbreeding two scab-resistant varieties. Separately, the varieties lacked sufficient quality, but together they produced seedlings that performed much better. More than 100 seeds were planted from the cross.“We evaluated the trees in the field without spray,” Conner said. “The Avalon tree was the only one that had the combination of good nut quality and high levels of resistance. It’s really just a matter of making a cross, and then looking at enough seedlings to find all the traits you’re looking for.”Conner said that the Avalon variety should be adaptable to any part of the state. It will be most important to south Georgia growers because of the higher scab pressure in the southern part of the state that makes growing traditional varieties, like Desirable, very difficult.Pecans are a valuable Georgia commodity, worth more than $361 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, published by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“I’m hopeful that Avalon will allow growers to plant something besides Desirable that would need far fewer spray applications,” Conner said.
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(Image: Franklin County Government)The Franklin County Observer is reporting that Franklin County Commissioners have signed a 3-year contract with emergency medical services (EMS) for $150,000 per year.EMS had requested an increase in funding from $100,000 to $150,000 due to the higher volume in calls for service. The original request was rejected, prompting EMS officials to threaten cutting off emergency services for the county in 2014.According to the online newspaper, Commissioner Scott McDonough requested a 3-month deal, however, was convinced by Commissioners Tom Linkel and Tom Wilson to sign the 3-year contract.The contract was signed Wednesday morning and will guarantee emergency services in Franklin County for the next three years.Read more in the next edition of the Franklin County Observer.
In an effort to control the spread of cervical cancer in Jamaica, the government has embarked on a campaign to vaccinate female students with the HPV vaccine.Effective Monday, October 2 the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine began to be offered to female primary school students across Jamaica.This is as health officials have urged parents and guardians to protect their daughters against cervical cancer.The Ministry of Health said it would begin offering the vaccine to girls in grade seven, free of cost. The initiative is part of a J$100 million school-based program in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.The move is a proactive measure to protect girls against cervical cancer, which takes the lives of hundreds of women in the country annually, plus hundreds of thousands more worldwide.Targeting 22,500 girlsLast month, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaking at a HPV media sensitization forum at the University of the West Indies (UWI), said 22,500 girls will be targeted under the vaccine initiative. Two doses will be given six months apart for full protection.Not mandatoryTufton said while the HPV vaccine is not mandatory he wanted to assure the public that the program is not a trial and error process.“It is a tried and proven approach that is intended to make our population healthier as it relates to the risk of cervical cancer. I am confident that we are doing the right thing. I am confident that Jamaica needs this, our young girls, our young women; I am confident that it is the right step towards dealing with the risk that is at hand,” he said.The minister explained over 200 million vaccine doses have been applied to patients worldwide, adding that more than 70 countries, including over 20 in Latin America and the Caribbean, have already introduced the HPV vaccine.He said the initiative is a proactive move by the Jamaican government. He pointed out that 392 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Jamaica, and 185, primarily between the ages of 40 and 64, die from the disease, annually.WHO recommends HPV vaccinesThe World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the HPV vaccine be included in national immunization programs as a core strategy for primary prevention against cervical cancer.WHO states that HPV vaccination for girls ages nine to 14 is the most cost effective public health measure against cervical cancer.Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.See previous articles on HPV vaccine in the Caribbean:Jamaica to introduce HPV vaccine https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/jamaica-introduce-hpv-vaccine/Guyana to vaccinate thousands of girls with HPV Vaccine https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/guyana-vaccinate-thousands-girls-hpv-vaccine/