SC State geneticist presents research at NSF-funded program at Delaware State

Thursday, July 17, 2008

 

Dr. David Scott, a scientist in the 1890 Research & Extension Program at SC State University, was invited to deliver a presentation on his scholarly work for a research program funded by the National Science Foundation at Delaware State University (DSU) on June 25.

Dr. Scott, also a professor of genetics, presented “Genetic Evaluation of Insect Responses to Integrated Pest Management Technique” to undergraduate students from several different universities who are participants of DSU’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

For his study, Dr. Scott is analyzing the sex pheromones in fruit flies to help agriculturists better understand how quickly insect pests may evolve resistance to pheromone-based control techniques. The findings of the geneticist’s analysis may help farmers in the future select more effective non-toxic pest control to use on their crops.

The REU program is a nine-week multidisciplinary summer research program in which ten chosen undergraduate students with a special interest in research are given the opportunity to work with mentors from DSU, Delaware Technical & Community College and Wesley College to enhance their academic and professional development in molecular biology and genomics.

SC State and Delaware State are among the nation’s 18 universities that comprise the 1890 Land Grant System. Universities in the system provide teaching, research and public service to help improve the standard of living and quality of life of limited-resources persons in rural and urban communities.

Studies in the 1890 Evans-Allen Research Program are conducted by researchers who have an interest in examining and identifying solutions for problems affecting agriculture and production systems; youth and family development; rural life and rural opportunities; and environment, health and human nutrition.

For more information about the 1890 Research & Extension Program at SC State University, visit www.scsu.edu/1890 or call (803) 536-7189.