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Missouri Valley College is a private, four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church . The 150-acre campus is in Marshall, Missouri. The college was founded in 1889 and supports 27 academic majors and an enrollment close to 1,800 students. Missouri Valley College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Wikipedia.

Smith S.L.,DuPont Pioneer | Thelen K.D.,Michigan State University | MacDonald S.J.,Missouri Valley College
Biomass and Bioenergy

Agriculture faces unique challenges as increasing world population places unprecedented demands on food, feed, and energy resources. In an effort to become more efficient and sustainable, marginal land, including regulatory brownfields prohibited for food consumption purposes could be utilized for bioenergy crop production. In 2006-2008, we evaluated soybean (Glycine Max (L.) Merr.), canola (Brassica napus L. var. napus), sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.), and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) to determine crop suitability for bioenergy production on a regulatory brownfield site. Sites selected for the study included a remediated brownfield site in Rose Township, Oakland County, and a historically cropped agricultural site at East Lansing, Ingham County, serving as the control. Comparisons of biofuel quality components were conducted. The total oil yield of oilseed crops was not significantly different (p < 0.05) between locations. Concentrations of palmitic (C16:0), stearic (C18:0), oleic (C18:1), linoleic (C18:2), and linolenic (C18:3) fatty acids differed by location, yet oleic acid concentrations, optimal for quality biodiesel production, were not significantly different across all oilseed crops. Total crystalline cellulose levels from switchgrass were higher at the agricultural land site compared to the brownfield site in 2007 yielding 16% more crystalline cellulose; but there were no differences between locations in 2008. Detectable levels of PCB's were found in soils at the brownfield site; however, transfer to grain or biomass was not detected. Results suggest that brownfield sites have the potential to produce feedstock of suitable quality for conversion to liquid transportation fuels. © 2012. Source

Hiler W.R.,Arkansas State University | Hiler W.R.,Missouri Valley College | Wheeler B.A.,Arkansas State University | Trauth S.E.,Arkansas State University
Herpetological Conservation and Biology

Between August 2003 and December 2004 we completed a survey for Ozark Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi) in the Spring River (Fulton and Sharp counties, Arkansas, USA), beginning at Mammoth Spring and continuing downstream 27 km to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Hardy Beach Access. We spent 74 person-hours searching 33 locations, which were chosen based on past records of occurrence (four localities) or the presence of potential C. a bishopi habitat. We captured 12 Ozark Hellbenders at three of the four known local population sites. All 12 hellbenders were large (minimum 479 mm total length). Furthermore, data compiled from 1971 to 2004 illustrated a substantial temporal shift in size classes toward larger animals, a characteristic indicative of declining recruitment. Based upon these findings, the Ozark Hellbender appears to be at risk of extirpation from the Spring River. © 2013. Waylon Hiler. All Rights Reserved. Source

Kimmons J.B.,Missouri Valley College | Moll D.,Missouri State University
Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Seed dispersal capabilities by red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) and common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in southwestern Missouri were investigated for mulberry (Morus spp.), barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli), and curly dock (Rumex crispus). Feeding trials conducted on these seeds demonstrated that seed damage was low and percentage of germination of turtle-passed seeds did not exceed controls for any seed species tested. These turtle species are capable of dispersing mulberry, barnyardgrass, and curly dock seeds to areas near pond margins and to more distant locations during overland movements. © 2010 Chelonian Research Foundation. Source

Malayil L.,University of Georgia | Turner J.W.,University of Georgia | Mote B.L.,University of Georgia | Howe K.,Missouri Valley College | Lipp E.K.,University of Georgia
Journal of Applied Microbiology

Aims: Pathogenic Vibrio spp., including V. cholerae and V. vulnificus, are commonly found along the estuaries of the south-east United States; however, it is often difficult to recover these species directly from environmental samples. Pre-enrichment assays are commonly used to improve the detection of pathogenic vibrios from environmental sources. Here, we evaluated a novel enrichment procedure using freshly collected and autoclaved natural estuarine water amended with 1% peptone (designated as estuarine peptone water, EPW) and compared it to traditional alkaline peptone water (APW) for detection by PCR of V. cholerae and V. vulnificus. Methods and Results: Of the 50 samples collected in total, V. cholerae DNA was detected in APW 10% of the time and in EPW 40% of the time. Likewise, the cholera toxin gene (ctxA) was detected in 4 vs 18% of the samples using APW and EPW, respectively. Conversely, APW showed improved recovery for V. vulnificus relative to EPW with respective detection frequencies of 46 and 20%. Results showed similar patterns across different sample types (water and plankton). Conclusions: While enrichment in traditional APW was adequate for the recovery of Vibrio vulnificius, use of sterile estuarine water amended with peptone significantly improved the detection of V. cholerae and the virulence gene ctxA from estuarine sources. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2011 The Society for Applied Microbiology. Source

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