‘What’s exciting is that it’s a natural product’

“We’re taking advantage of something plants have been doing for millions of years” — evolving chemicals to defend themselves from pests — “to hopefully get a leg up on mosquitoes.”

So says CFAES scientist Pete Piermarini, pictured, explaining a recent study. In it, he and scientist Liva Rakotondraibe of Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy discovered a possible new mosquito-fighting chemical in a plant from Madagascar.

Read the full story. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Sustainable World Tour hits the road

The Sustainable World Tour, a public awareness campaign by CFAES’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, leaves to go west today, Dec. 26, with stops set in Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and at the Cotton Bowl football game in Dallas, which involves some fellow Buckeyes.

The tour aims to promote biobased products and sustainability.

Follow the tour. (Photo: OBIC.)

Aug. 29: Development of the 100 percent guayule concept tire

Howard Colvin, senior scientist with Cooper Tire’s Global Technical Center in Findlay, Ohio, presents “Development of the 100% Guayule Concept Tire” from 1:50 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in 100 Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) Building at OARDC in Wooster, 1680 Madison Ave., and by video link to 219 Agricultural Engineering Building, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Continue reading