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  • 6/1/15 - Funeral Services for Dr. Jose Rodriguez
    The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has lost a valued member of our staff, Dr. Jose Rodriguez, and will be attending his funeral services from 9am-12pm on June 2, 2015. The lab will be closed at that time.
  • 12/19/13 - Making Biofuels from Panda... What?
    The Memphis Zoo got a new ten-year lease on two giant pandas. Meanwhile, researchers got a new lease on finding a new source of fuel. Hint: it starts out as bamboo. For centuries, scientists spent their lives searching for the philosopher’s stone, a mythical substance that could transform base metals into gold. These days, biofuels researchers have set their sights on a new philosopher’s stone: a chemical process that can turn plant waste—things like corn husks and wood chips—into ethanol, a biofuel. Their search has led them to some pretty weird places. Think camel stomachs and turkey tail fungus. But perhaps the weirdest research is currently being conducted at Mississippi State University. To tell you more about it, here’s biofuels enthusiast Jay Leno. . . . more
  • 12/10/13 - Christmas - New Year/Winter Holiday
    Our office will close beginning December 23, 2013 through January 2, 2014 for Christmas Holiday. We will resume regular business hours on Friday January 3, 2014.
    Please be aware that any samples that come into our office over the next few weeks will have a longer turn around time because of the holidays.
  • 11/20/13 - Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
    Our office will be closed beginning on Wednesday November 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm through Friday November 29, 2013. Our regular office hours will resume Monday December 2, 2013.
  • 9/19/13 - Panda Poop Microbes Could Make Biofuels of the Future — an Update
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 10, 2013 — Unlikely as it may sound, giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le in the Memphis Zoo are making contributions toward shifting production of biofuels away from corn and other food crops and toward corn cobs, stalks and other non-food plant material. Scientists presented an update today on efforts to mine Ya Ya and Le Le’s assets for substances that could do so during the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. And if things work out, giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao in the Toronto Zoo will be joining the quest by making their own contributions.... . . . more
  • 9/10/13 - Ashli Brown at the 246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition
    You just never know what you will run into at a conference. Ashli Brown at the opening night of the 246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Indianapolis. September 9, 2013.
  • 8/19/13 - Cindy Hyde-Smith, Julie McLemore and Adam Choate visit MSCL
    Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, Julie McLemore Director of Regulatory Services and Adam Choate Division Director of Consumer Protection toured the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory on Monday August 19, 2013. A brief but detailed tour was provided of all laboratory divisions. The Commissioner was particularly interested in touring the Petroleum Products Laboratory which is responsible for testing of gasoline, kerosene, diesel and antifreeze sold in the state. Visitors are always welcome and we love the opportunity to show off our laboratory, staff and the various types of analysis our lab provides.
  • 6/27/13 - Dr. Ashli Brown Presents Paper at Gordon Research Conference
    Agricultural Phytopathogens Identified via Portable FTIR (Authors: Ashli Brown*1, Curtis Atkinson*1, Frederic Prulliere*2, Darrell Sparks*1 1*Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University; 2*Agilent Technologies) To effectively manage agricultural crops, early detection and identification of plant pathogens is crucial. Specifically, the use of infrared spectroscopy is being evaluated as a means to detect the presence of toxigenic and atoxigenic strains of fungi on corn. This technology is also being applied to monitor soybean rot and rust. The spectra generated by handheld FTIR technology could prove valuable to plant pathologists in biological control monitoring and fungal infestation management, avoiding crop losses that total millions of dollars. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide an effective, easy-to-use tool to county extension agents for identifying agricultural phytopathogens.
  • 6/25/13 - ASFFPCO Association of Southern Feed, Fertilizer, and Pesticide Control Officials 71st Meeting
    The meeting was hosted by North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Wilmington, NC. Darrell Sparks, Ashley Meredith and Gale Hagood were invited speakers for the Chemist Program. 'Early Detection of Phytopathogens in crops Using Portable FT-IR' was presented by Darrell. 'PAH and DOSS Analysis in Mississippi Seafood' was presented by Ashley and Gale presented 'Poisoning Trends-a MSCL Perspective'. . . . more
  • 6/18/13 - Search underway for MSCL Director and State Chemist
    Mississippi State University is now accepting applications and nominations for the position of state chemist and Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory (MSCL) director. Kevin Armbrust, who currently serves as state chemist and director, is joining the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University in July. . . . more
  • 6/10/13 - Study Finds PAHs in Mississippi Seafood below Levels of Concern
    Scientists studying oil impacts on fish, shrimp, crab, and oysters from coastal Mississippi waters one year post-spill found PAH levels were below Levels of Concern (LOC)... . . . more
  • 6/10/13 - Gale Hagood attended the APHL 2013 Annual Government Environmental Laboratory Conference in Raleigh, NC.
    Gale gave a presentation describing the ongoing seafood testing surveillance efforts around the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The presentation was part of the 'Something Fishy on Your Plate? Public Health Efforts to Ensure the Safety of Your Seafood' program session. . . . more
  • 5/9/13 - Head of MSU-based state chem lab appointed to key FDA panel
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  • 4/10/13 - The 47th Civil Support Team visits MSCL
    Thank you Captain Hearns and the 47th Civil Support Team (CST), Mississippi's full time response team, for stopping by the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory and providing the lab the opportunity to tour the CST mobile laboratory unit. The 47th CST responds to emergencies or terrorist events that involve weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial chemicals. The 47th is able to rapidly deploy, assist local first-responders in determining the nature of an attack, provide medical and technical advice, and pave the way for the identification and arrival of follow-on state and federal military response assets. They provide initial advice on what the agent may be, assist first responders in the detection assessment process, and are the first military responders on the ground, so that if additional federal resources are called into the situation, they can serve as an advance party. The 47th ensures that strategic national interests are protected against any enemy; foreign or domestic, attempting to employ chemical, biological, or radiological weapons - regardless of the level of WMD/NBC threat. They are a key element of the Department of Defense's overall program to provide support to civil authorities in the event of an incident involving weapons of mass destruction in the United States. Captain Hearns is an alumni of Mississippi State University.
  • 4/8/13 - Panda Project
    Dr. Ashli Brown Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology & Interim Director of Research and Industrial and Agricultural Services at MSCL, and Dr. Darell Sparks Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology & Interim Assistant Director of Regulatory Services at MSCL traveled to the Memphis Zoo to collect samples for her panda project. . . . more
  • 1/25/13 - Dr. Armbrust nominated ..
    Dr. Kevin Armbrust, director of the Mississippi Chemical Laboratory, was nominated by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to serve on the Food and Drug Administration's Food Advisory Committee last year. After an extensive selection process, he has been invited to serve on the committee for the next three years. This appointment to a federal advisory committee is a true testament to Mississippi State's excellent faculty and research capabilities.
  • 1/17/13 - North American Chemical Residue Workshop
    NACRW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Florida Pesticide Workshop. . . . more

    Attached file › NACRW 50th Celebration.pdf
  • 12/6/12 - Communicating the risk of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) measured in seafood in Mississippi following the Gulf oil spill
    Kevin L. Armbrust, Mississippi State University Following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, the state of Mississippi began sampling and monitoring crabs, shrimp, oysters, and several species of fish from numerous locations within Mississippi state waters. From the end of May 2010 to date, over 400 samples have been analyzed by the State for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as listed in the NOAA method for analysis of PAHs in seafood. . . . more
  • 12/6/12 - Happy Holidays from Mississippi State Chemical Lab
    Our office will be closed from December 21st through January 3rd for the holidays. We will reopen Friday January 4th.

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  • 12/4/12 - To Make Better Biofuels, Scientists Mine Microbiomes
    Ya Ya and Le Le are a couple of giant pandas at the Memphis Zoo who don’t realize they are participating in an important science experiment. . . . more

    Attached file › hppscan13.pdf
  • 12/3/12 - North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services November 27th & 28th
    'Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory, Quality System Manager and a quality team from the lab, traveled to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCAC) for onsite ISO 17025 Accreditation training. NCAC has successfully attained and maintained accreditation for several years and their knowledge and experience is a valuable resource for MSCL as the lab embarks on the journey toward accreditation.'

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  • 11/28/12 - Mississippi Corn Promotion Board 2012 Progress Report
    Decreasing the Impact of Aflatoxin on Corn and Distillers Grains

    Attached file › BrownMCPB_annual report briefing.pdf.pdf
  • 11/19/12 - MSU-based state chemical lab awarded GoMRI grant
    The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory is receiving funding to support an enhanced multi-state research program examining effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. . . . more
  • 11/5/12 - Mississippi Seafood Safety
    Long before any oil reached Mississippi waters, the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory(MSCL), Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ),the Mississippi State Department of Health(MSDH) and the were working with federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) along with the other Gulf States to achieve these goals.

    Attached file › ms-seafood-safety-newsletter_2Q_1.pdf
  • 11/5/12 - Gulf Fresh Mississippi Seafood


    Attached file › gulf fresh seafood_1.pdf
  • 10/29/12 - IMMS forms partnership with Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has worked with the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as they documented the impact of the oil spill on the marine mammals in the Gulf. . . . more
  • 10/29/12 - IMMS forms partnership with Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has worked with the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as they documented the impact of the oil spill on the marine mammals in the Gulf. . . . more
  • 10/26/12 - Maroon Research Video
    Discover how the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory is protecting consumers, ensuring quality, and supporting business and industry in the premier installment of our Maroon Research video series. . . . more
  • 10/5/12 - AOAC 2012
    10/2/12 'Research Decreasing the Impact of Aflatoxin in Mississippi' presented by Gale Hagood at AOAC International October 2012

    Attached file › AOAC international 2012o.pdf
  • 9/17/12 - American Society for Mass Spectrometry
    Curtis Atkinson and Karl Bell were awarded travel stipends to the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Asilomar Conference (Food Safety and Quality), Pacific Grove, CA. Curtis and Karl are biochemistry graduate students of Dr. Ashli Brown and Dr. Darrell Sparks. They will be presenting MALDI-TOF-MS as a Tool for Soybean Fungal Pathogen Identification and Monitoring Catfish Quality with Mass Spectometry.

    Attached file › ASMA.pdf
  • 7/20/12 - PAH in Seafood
    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Mississippi Seafood from Areas Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill . . . more
  • 7/19/12 - Dr. Ashli Brown wins award
    Dr. Ashli Brown, Cindy Foster and Gale Hagood represented MSCL at the Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop. Dr. Brown's poster 'Decreasing the Impact of Aflatoxin in Mississippi' received one of the highest awards at the conference.
  • 9/22/11 - MSU professor finds pandas may aid biofuel production
    Ashli Brown, a biochemist in MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, recently discovered that microbes in panda feces are strong enough to break down the toughest plant materials. According to Brown, panda poop might help overcome one of the major challenges to producing biofuels: breaking down the raw plant materials used to make the fuels. . . . more
  • 8/1/11 - Maroon MEMO: Employee News and Information
    The university scientists and instrument provider have partnered to create the Agilent-MSCL Food and Safety Laboratory on campus. . . . more
  • 2/18/11 - Mississippi lab supports Auburn
    When Auburn University officials needed help investigating an attack on part of their school’s history, they turned to Mississippi State University. According to an Auburn University statement, school officials learned that a Jan. 27 caller to The Paul Finebaum Show, a nationally syndicated radio show based in Birmingham, claimed he had applied an herbicide to the soil around 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner on campus. . . . more
  • 9/2/10 - 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
    Information on various disaster preparedness and recovery issues pertaining to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. . . . more
  • 7/14/10 - New test method targets Gulf seafood safety
    A new test method developed by State Chemical Lab scientists at Mississippi State University for Gulf of Mexico seafood is expected to help protect the buying public and get commercial fishermen back to business. . . . more