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Dayakar Yadav B.,CSRTI | Iyengar M.N.S.,CSB
Indian Silk | Year: 2012

Publication of research papers are broadly indicative of the research works being conducted in a particular field. Besides, it also helps and directs further works to be conducted. A study conducted by Qin Juan, Yuan Lian-wei and XIANG Zhong-Huai analysing the research works in various fields of sericulture across the world is published in Science of Sericulture, 2011, Volume 37, No.3, pages 486-494, in Chinese language. Authors make an attempt to appreciate the efforts made in the original paper, for the benefit of readers of Indian Silk. Indian Silk acknowledges with gratitude, the permission granted by the publishers of Science of Sericulture to publish the extracts and data. Source


Iyengar M.N.S.,CSB
Indian Silk | Year: 2011

The extension program at Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSR&TI), Mysore, India, aimed at translating the technologies into the real benefits for the sericulturists. It also helped giving orientation to the research work with the feedback from the field. The intensification of trials of bivoltine silkworm races, Kalimpong A (KA) and Nan Nung 6-D led to the setting up of sub-unit of CSR&TI in DOS farms in Lalgondahally near Devanahalli (LGH) Bangalore in 1973 and in Krishnapura doddi (KPD) near Ramanagaram in 1974, representing the two major areas of irrigated sericulture in Karnataka. These efforts led to the beginning of the Institute's extension activity. These centers conducted rearing of the pure races, produced Fl hybrid eggs, and distributed to farmers in surrounding villages and made farm-home visits. Source


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Federal safety officials are investigating an explosion at an Airgas production facility in Cantonment, Fla. that killed a worker. A preliminary investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal showed that a nitrous oxide holding tank and two tankers in a loading bay were involved in the Aug. 28 explosion, says Jon Moore, a spokesperson for the fire marshal’s office. Investigators were not able to determine whether the explosion originated with the N O holding tank and tankers or it originated elsewhere and spread to the N O equipment, Moore says. The fire marshal has turned the investigation over to the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration. “We have deployed a team of compliance officers,” Brian Sturtecky, director of OSHA’s Jacksonville area office, told C&EN on Sept. 1. “Right now, the priority is ensuring that the site is safe for any and all employees and inspectors. Once that is determined, we will proceed with a more in-depth investigation.” The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has also deployed to the accident site. CSB is investigating because of the fatality and reported serious damage to the site, says spokesperson Hillary Cohen. In addition, CSB is concerned about the potential for more serious consequences, given the facility’s location in an industrial area and proximity to another company that uses pressurized gas spheres and tanks to store petroleum products. The Airgas facility is located adjacent to Ascend Performance Materials. No one at Ascend was hurt and site operations there are continuing, the company says in a statement. Ascend produces the nylon precursor adipic acid at the site, Ascend spokesperson Alison Jahn says. N O is a by-product of adipic acid production. Ascend provides a mixture of gases to Airgas, and Airgas uses the mixture to make N O, Jahn says. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Airgas family,” the company says in a statement. “An investigation into the cause of the incident is under way and the facility remains closed at this time,” Airgas adds. The company declined to comment further.


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A cascade of process errors and inadequate safeguards led to the deaths of four workers at a DuPont insecticide plant in La Porte, Texas, says an interim accident report by the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The board released that report and a related safety video on Sept. 30. “DuPont has long been regarded as a safety leader in the chemical industry,” CSB Chair Vanessa Allen Sutherland says, “but . . .


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With two weeks on the job, Vanessa Allen Sutherland, the new chair of the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), on Sept. 2 announced an organizational review that she says will lead to an “agency wide improvement plan” in three months. The board’s top slot had been vacant since March, when former chair Rafael Moure-Eraso resigned at the urging of President Barack Obama. His departure followed a lengthy Republican-led congressional investigation of mismanagement charges . . .

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