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David Wood
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Attended Savannah State University
Lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Excellent graphics used to tell a horror story. I still see some cautious optimism in these data, but not much. And the lack of confidence is well deserved.
Florida Grower® magazine recently sent out a survey to the state’s citrus growers seeking to find the pulse of the industry. Whether it is planting new varieties and rootstocks, or a call for bactericides, growers confirm more immediate and effective solutions to HLB are in high demand. Check out key results from this year’s industry survey below and on the following pages. If you could plant any new citrus rootstocks without waiting, which wou...
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It's a hard bacteria to fight. Nearly impossible to isolate and confounding in it's activity.
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I'm very susceptible to bitter tasting compounds, but I can still enjoy mildly bitter foods. This episode of Freakonomics interviewed an investigative journalists that claimed that agriculturists in the US have bred out many normal bitter compounds that are found in grown food. I was skeptical, but it seems to be true. What do you folks think?
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It could be that it was deliberately selected against. Or, it could be that by selecting for longer stability, it just became milder (I don't think this is true but it might be possible). 
I didn't like bitter foods as a kid but as an adult, I enjoy it. Our palates do change and it can also be trained to appreciate the wide variety of food stuffs.
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Thanks a lot +Karl Haro von Mogel​, now I can't stop periodically looking out my patio window to see what the squirrels are doing.
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I don't usually (not sure if I've ever) post personal pleas like this, but these are friends of ours and they went through a really tough time. Donate if you're moved to do so. Thanks.
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I knew +CVS pharmacy sold stupid homeopathic "medicine", but +SciBabe TV just showed me something I didn't know. The high alcohol content of these ridiculous treatments actually makes them worse than I thought.
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I would think also that state and local law enforcement would be interested too. 

That's like the old snake oil tonics that were nothing more than cod liver oil and laudanum.
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An optimistic assessment of Florida's current agricultural emergency. I have to say that the authors points are well made even though I'm much more pessimistic that he is.  
On Oct. 25, 2005, USDA confirmed 404 HLB-positive trees from 268 residential and commercial grove locations in Florida. For many, this date marks the “official” beginning of the disease’s march across Florida even though it had been detected earlier. In the following decade, HLB has spread across the state and found its way into every commercial grove with total infection levels nearing 50%. After closing out the 2014-2015 season at 96.7 million ...
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+Sam Andrews aquaculture is making the news again in my area of Florida. The tanks and facility they are using to raise these cobia...I helped build those. 
Amy's Island Seafood and FAU's Harbor Branch researchers are growing 1,000s of fish to be sold and eaten locally.
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We used to have a system there that used macro algae to remove nutrients, but there is a rule that any seaweed that is used for consumption as food, can't come in contact with water that is used to rear fish. Which is weird, what do they think harvested seaweed in the ocean comes in contact with? That rule might have changed, which would make sense, but I don't know for sure.
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Thank you mustard genes.
UF/IFAS researchers say they have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, too. A set of transgenic citrus trees with the Arabidopsis thaliana NPR1 gene construct on trial in South Florida.Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS Jude Grosser, a professor of plant cell genetics at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, and Manjul Dutt...
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Can scientists bypass the sense organs and change smell and taste in the brain?

The answer is yes, yes they can.
Researchers want to manipulate the neurological perception of odor and taste
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If you've ever accidently bought "Wild Alaskan Salmon" that was actually Keta (or Dog) salmon you will know how important knowing the varieties and seasonality of salmon. But what if you are being intentionally misled by the labeling?
Hey, you, what’s your favorite fish? Oh, salmon, that’s cool. Except that “salmon” may not have been what you think it was at all. So what was it?
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Curious about GMO's and want to do some citizen science? Fund this experiment and do something about it. Great idea +Karl Haro von Mogel +Kevin Folta +Anastasia Bodnar 
We are testing the hypothesis that wild animals such as squirrels and deer prefer non-GMO corn.
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+Gaythia Weis, I understand your point, but I think these kind of experiments fall on a spectrum of complexity. I don't think valid results need come from experiments with high complexity or even high rigor. I think this question is simple and a simple, properly designed study will answer it. 
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I lived in Japan for a year, and gained a lot of respect for the culture (which the Japanese are justifiably proud of, don't let them kid you that they're humble about it). This independence that Japanese children enjoy is due primarily to Japans relatively low crime rate and what social anthropologists call "group reliance". Children there can reasonably expect that if they are in trouble, other adults will take responsibility for their welfare. It's expected culturally. 
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I used to walk to school when I was in elementary school. I think you're correct about the 24 hour news hysteria +Dave Wood . I think it messes with parents risk assessments. 
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Sensory Evaluation Research for USDA
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  • Department of Agriculture
    Agriculture Research Service, 2010 - present
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
    Senior Research Technician, 2003 - 2006
  • United States Marine Corps
    Marine, 1988 - 1992
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Fort Pierce, Florida - Pine Mountain, Georgia - Oceanside, California - Iwakuni, Japan - Lagrange, Georgia - Savannah, Georgia - Eagle River, Alaska - San Diego, California - Pomeroy, Washington - Honolulu, Hawaii - Versailles, Kentucky - Lanett, Alabama - Bardstown, Kentucky - Seattle, Washington - Dutch Harbor, Alaska
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Biologist, skeptic, humanist
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A skeptic who has an avid interest in science of all kinds. Currently working in the field of sensory evaluation and flavor chemistry, but my background also includes citrus pathology, marine biology, and aquaculture research. I consider myself a humanist and freethinker. 

Besides science, I am also interested in fine food and drink. Home brewing beer is a new found curiosity. I like good bourbon and all kinds of cuisines. I like to cook and am a pretty adventurous eater.

I have the greatest wife in the world and consider myself fortunate every day I'm with her.
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Weird stuff happens to me ALL the time, but that could just be confirmation bias.
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  • Savannah State University
    Marine Science, 1994 - 1998
  • Kentucky State University
    Aquaculture/Aquatic Science, 2007 - 2009
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