From July 1961 until 1964, the CSIR station had been run by LN Martins who had worked with Roy in the NPRL
. On Roy's return to the CSIR this station got closed as Louw Marins had moved to the Cape.
agronomist Wilson Faircloth and plant stress physiologist Diane Rowland (formerly with NPRL
and now with Texas AgriLife Research) conducted field trials for 5 years in west Texas to determine the effects of deficit irrigation and, more recently, conservation tillage on peanut performance.
Panenterovirus reverse transcription--PCR (RT-PCR) of feces, serum, and throat swab produced negative results, but the samples were forwarded to the NPRL for cell culture 2 days later (Table).
At the NPRL, the initial fecal specimen was extracted according to recommended procedures (5) and incubated with 4 continuous mammalian cell lines: L20B, RD-A, Hep2 Cincinnati, and human embryonic lung.
The lab's software work began in the 1980s, long before Lamb's arrival at NPRL, with a program called "Irrigator Pro." Developed by mechanical engineer James Da vidson (now retired), in collaboration with peanut farmers and the Peanut Foundation, its objective was to improve economic returns and reduce risk for irrigated-peanut production.
Lamb and the NPRL team are considering making the program Web based for easy use by a variety of growers.--By Sharon Durham, ARS.
"What growers really need is to have all three components properly in place to stay profitable," says Marshall Lamb, research leader for NPRL
. "If a grower is lacking in any of the three, it can result in a nonprofitable situation." To help peanut farmers make planting, irrigation, and pest-control decisions, Lamb and his colleagues developed a computer program called Irrigator Pro.
"In fact, the farmers were not mistaken," says Marshall Lamb, NPRL
's food technologist.