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A Visit to an "Emerald City" of Science - Science Careers Blog

A Visit to an "Emerald City" of Science - Science Careers Blog | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Science Careers visited with researchers at the collaborative North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, a joint venture of several North Carolina universities. The innovative campus, designed to foster interdisciplinary research, includes the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

 

Among other researchers interviewed were PHHI researchers, food scientist Mary Ann Lila, molecular geneticist Allan Brown, metabolic engineer Xu "Sirius" Li, and pharmacogeneticist Slavko Komarnytsky, The group studies health-promoting properties of foods and food-derived products. Among the crops studied are berries and broccoli.

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NCSU recognizes its innovators - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU recognizes its innovators  - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina State University recognized innovation at the school on Wednesday,...

 

Among those recognized are food scientist, Dr. Josip Simunovic, for his research on thermal processing of food, and the team of Dr. John Cavanagh, an expert in protein structural biology, and Dr. Christian Melander, who together founded Agile Sciences, a company whose product defeats bacterial biofilms. Cavanagh & Melander were recognized as among the University's Innovators of the Year.

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CALS Office of Sustainability promotes green initiatives

CALS Office of Sustainability promotes green initiatives | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences created its Office of Sustainability last year to encourage sustainable efforts within the college, and the office has recently developed tools to connect students and faculty to important sustainability...

 

CALS Sustainability Officer, Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, explains her program's new initiatives.

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Pender Gardener-The kudzu bugs are coming

Pender Gardener-The kudzu bugs are coming | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Kudzu bugs are a new pest in the south, making their debut in our area this past spring most notably on wisteria vines.

 

They are a pest of soybean and other crops and sometimes make a nuisance of themselves in homes.

 

Urban pest specialist, Dr. Mike Waldvogel, explans.

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Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The decision to spray for Hessian fly in a fall wheat crop is not an easy one."

 

CALS Entomologist, Dr. Dominic Reisig, explains.

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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Biological & Agricultural Engineers and Agricultural Economists have received a grant of $203,775 from the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DNER) for Phase II of a project in Cary, NC. Phase I created rain gardens and other rainwater harvesting systems at schools. The next phase of the project will focus on stormwater controls along greenways and in community parks.

 

Project researchers are economists, Dr. Christy Perrin, Dr. Patrick Beggs & Dr. Layra Taylor, and engineers, Dr. Kristopher Bass & Dr. William Hunt, III.

 

Here's how the researchers describe their project:

 

"The Black Creek Watershed Association (BCWA), coordinated by NC State University with technical assistance from the Town of Cary since 2006, has achieved several milestones in its pursuit of delisting Black Creek from the 303(d) list of impaired waters.

 

"An initial watershed assessment and restoration plan was completed in 2009, followed by acceptance of the plan by EPA in lieu of a TMDL. The assessment showed that the creek is impaired by high volume and velocity stormwater runoff flows that have altered the natural flow regime and negatively impacted biotic communities. The partnership created a residential outreach and engagement program that resulted in many residential practices that are reducing stormwater runoff through backyard raingardens, and wetlands.

 

"Public stormwater retrofits have been installed at schools, a neighborhood clubhouse, and a private greenway. In-stream flow monitoring and modeling produced 3 years of data and a hydrologic model for assessing target runoff reductions. This proposal will leverage successes achieved to reach a new significant landowner audience- commercial and institutional landowners.

 

"BCWA is known through public outreach events and networking with members' organizations (Rotary clubs, homeowners' associations). The network will help to convene a commercial/institutional steering committee to develop and implement an outreach, sponsorship, and recognition program. A retrofit project will be identified and implemented on a commercial property, and retrofits that were previously identified within the project BMP Site Atlas will be constructed on Town of Cary and Wake County schools properties. Simple changes to existing bioretention will be installed and monitored to increase infiltration.

 

"Additional stream flow monitoring and modeling will further hone a retrofit target by testing pre-post BMP flows, and will test a new milestone of disconnecting 200 acres of imperviousness to reach effective 10% impervious cover in the watershed. Ultimately, this project will lead to a greater capacity of the community to fund and implement stormwater retrofit projects, and to better understand the type and cost of retrofits needed to move towards a more natural stream flow regime."

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Ecuadorian President Visits, Pursues Knowledge and Collaboration with NC Research Campus

Ecuadorian President Visits, Pursues Knowledge and Collaboration with NC Research Campus | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

President Rafael Correa of the Republic of Ecuador and a delegation of ministers spent Tuesday touring each of the 16 university and corporate research programs at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis.   President Correa and his delegation of over 60 Ecuadorian government officials met with David H. Murdock, founder of the NCRC and toured on campus, and the campus’ lead scientists.

 

President Correa is looking at the research, scientific instrumentation and collaborative environment of the NCRC as a model to implement in the development of Yachay, a planned city of science and technology being built in Ecuador’s northern province of Imbabura.

 

“Amazing! Outstanding!” said President Correa. “A learning experience for us. We are building in our country a planned city of knowledge, (and) we want to learn from your experience. This (Yachay) is the biggest project in Ecuadorian history. We are (changing) from a traditional to a knowledge-based economy.”

 

NCRC web site:

http://www.ncresearchcampus.net/

 

web site for the Plants for Human Health Institute at the NCRC

http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/

 

The PHHI focuses on nutrition, agriculture and health.

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Register Now for Honeybee Nutrition Workshop: Growing Small Farms: Enhancing Sustainability Workshops

Register Now for Honeybee Nutrition Workshop: Growing Small Farms: Enhancing Sustainability Workshops | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Sponsor: Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension

 

Time: 7:00-9:00pm, Wed. Nov. 7, 2012

 

Where: Agriculture Building Auditorium, Pittsboro, NC

 

Presenters: NCDA Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert & Agent Debbie Roos

 

Cost: $10.00, includes CD of resources

 

Registration: Advance Registration Required by Nov. 5

Click URL above for downloadable registration form.

Download registration form & mail with check.

 

More info: 919-542-8202 or email Debbie Roos

 

Agenda:

What Do Honey Bees Need & Why? (carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, etc.)
Impact of Poor Nutrition on Honey Bee Health
How Can We Help Bees Acquire What They Need?
Increase Floral Diversity to Benefit Honey Bees

 

URL: www.growingsmallfarms.org

 

 

 

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Day two, dean’s tour: MARC & CMAST | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day two, dean’s tour: MARC & CMAST | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The Dean visited the Marine Aquaculture Research Center, Smyrna, and the Center for Marine Aquatic Science and Technology, Morehead City, NC, visiting with more than 30 alumni, supporters, and CALS faculty.

 

The Dean asked supporters “to help validate what we need to do as a college,” as CALS moves through its strategic planning process.

 

He learned about MARC, where researchers are exploring aquaculture with salt water species, such as blue crabs; environmentally friendly water handling in aquaculture; sturgeon aquaculture; hybrid striped bass feed research; wind energy self-sufficiency research; local seafood marketing efforts, and more.

 

Visit the CMAST web site:

http://www.cmast.ncsu.edu/

 

 

 

 

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Chinese horticulture trade team visits Western N.C. :: NCDA&CS News Release

Chinese horticulture trade team visits Western N.C. :: NCDA&CS News Release | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS plant breeder and horticulturist, Dr. Tom Ranney, was "invaluable" in helping the trade delegation select plants for suitable purchase.

 

photo: 'Venus' sweetshrub, developed by Dr. Raney. (c) Copyright Dr. Tom Ranney.

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N.C. Cooperative Extension Providing Food Safety Audit Trainings for Farmers | Opening Markets

N.C. Cooperative Extension Providing Food Safety Audit Trainings for Farmers | Opening Markets | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to deliver workshops across the state that help N.C. farmers meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fresh produce safety standards. Workshops will be held at four Cooperative Extension centers across the state in November and December.


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Honeybees harbor antibiotic-resistance genes | ScienceBlog.com

Honeybees harbor antibiotic-resistance genes | ScienceBlog.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Bacteria in the guts of honeybees are highly resistant to the antibiotic tetracycline, probably as a result of decades of preventive antibiotic use in...

 

Yale University researchers find that routine oxytetracycline use to prevent foulbrood appears to have caused genetic adaptation in bacteria in the honeybee.

 

The resistant bacteria were not found in honey, however.

 

Check out our Apiculture site, also:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/

 

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Day three on the dean’s tour: Goldsboro, Clinton | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day three on the dean’s tour: Goldsboro, Clinton | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The third day of Dean Richard Linton’s cross-state trek took him to eastern North Carolina for a tour of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems [CEFS] in Goldsboro, bookended by stops in Clinton and Wallace."

 

"The CEFS is a partnership of N.C. State, N.C. A&T and the NCDA&CS. The 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro is one of the nation’s largest centers for the study of sustainable food and farming systems. Its mission is to develop and promote food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in this state and beyond."

 

CEFS staff lead an information-rich tour of facilities for organic farming research which includes soil chemistry and emissions, relevant to climate change; pastured livestock; local food, including the 10% Campaign; forages; the dairy; the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified postharvest handling area; and more.

 

He also toured Prestage Farms, recent NCSU donor for whom the Department of Poultry Science was named, and visited with another NCSU supporter, Wendell Murphy.

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More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically

More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Multi-university project asks how organic farmers can control these pests and protect their crops."

 

Organic farmers are particularly challenged when faced with the destructive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

 

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences researchers at NC State University join the effort.

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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Navel-Gazing Researchers ID Which Species Live In Our Belly Buttons (But Don’t Know Why)

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Navel-Gazing Researchers ID Which Species Live In Our Belly Buttons (But Don’t Know Why) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Researchers have discovered which bacteria species are most commonly found in our bellybuttons, but have still not discovered what governs which species will be found on which people. These are the first published findings of the Belly Button Biodiversity project led by NC State’s Dr. Rob Dunn."

 

You can read the free, open acess paper here:

 

"A Jungle in There: Bacteria in Belly Buttons are Highly Diverse, but Predictable" by:

Hulcr J, Latimer AM, Henley JB, Rountree NR, Fierer N, et al. (2012) PLoS ONE 7(11): e47712.

http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047712

 

The Belly Button Diversity Project is part of the larger Dunn initiative called Your Wildlife.org.

See:

http://www.yourwildlife.org

 

and on Twitter:

@YourWild_Life

 

 

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Statistician links medicine, genetics in lecture at Elon | The Pendulum

Statistician links medicine, genetics in lecture at Elon | The Pendulum | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Marie Davidian, a statistics professor at North Carolina State University, connected the seemingly unrelated topics of statistics and the Human Genome Project by explaining their role in determining the best ...
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NCSU CALS Seeks Associate Dean, Research & Director, North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS)

NCSU CALS Seeks Associate Dean, Research & Director, North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University has begun searching for an Associate Dean, Research & Director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS).

 

 

Position description & application instructions appear here:

http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/ncars/index.cfm?pageid=1599#NCARS

 

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2012 Fall Agroecology Education Farm: Farm to Fork Reception! | Facebook

Check out these great photos from our 2012 Fall Agroecology Education Farm: Farm to Fork Reception!

 

The Agroecology Farm is part of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University

http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/whatwedo/academic.html

 

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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Grant to CALS Engineers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Biological & Agricultural Engineers at NC State University have received $267,173 from the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources to implement stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the Roberson Creek Watershed near Pittsboro, NC.

 

Engineers for this project are Drs. Karen Hall; William Hunt, III; Daniel Line; Kristopher Bass; Jean Spooner; James Blackwell; and Ryan Winston.

 

Here's how the authors describe their project:

 

"The Robeson Creek Watershed is impaired for Total Phosphorus and Habitat Degradation. This project will implement stormwater BMPs recommended by both the 2003 TMDL implementation plan and the 2010 Robeson Creek Watershed Restoration Plan to help meet goals of reducing peak stormwater flows,

 

"Total Phosphorus (TP), Total Nitrogen (TN), total suspended solids (TSS), and improve and maintain aquatic habitat. Focus will be primarily on the Little Creek subwatershed. A stormwater wetland, a bioretention area, buffer plantings, and cisterns will be installed along a critical continuous segment of Little Creek tributary 1A that captures stormwater from urban development and a large parking lot in Pittsboro.

 

"Water quality sampling will be placed upstream and downstream of BMPs to determine effectiveness. An innovative upflow filter that targets Phosphorus removal will be installed on a farm pond that drains to Robeson Creek. Water quality monitoring will also occur upstream and downstream of this BMP to determine nutrient removal effectiveness. As recommended in the restoration plan, the ongoing educational campaign of the Robeson Creek Watershed council will be continued with quarterly stakeholder meetings, tours, workshops, newsletters, and informational signs at BMP locations."

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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Choosy Mothers Choose Skin? One Way to Make Peanut Products Healthier

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Choosy Mothers Choose Skin? One Way to Make Peanut Products Healthier | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Peanuts taste good and are good for you. But a new NC State study shows that putting a bit of skin in the game can make peanut products even healthier while keeping them flavorful.

 

"Food scientist Dr. Tim Sanders and doctoral student Chellani Hathorn show that adding small amounts of peanut skin to products like peanut butter and peanut paste increase the nutritional value and antioxidant capacity of the products while only subtly changing the taste."

 

The new research appears in Journal of Food Science published online October 11,  2012 -- Here's a link to the paper:

 

Flavor and Antioxidant Capacity of Peanut Paste and Peanut Butter Supplemented with Peanut Skins

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2012.02953.x/abstract

 

 

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Day four on the dean’s tour: Wilson, Greenville and Columbia | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day four on the dean’s tour: Wilson, Greenville and Columbia | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Dean, Richard Linton, toured the Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center.

 

"The 250-acre facility, opened in 2001, is North Carolina’s newest 4-H camp and conference center. Lee Scripture, center director, explained to the dean that it “fulfilled a promise that was made to the people of North Carolina when they closed one on Roanoke Island in the 1960s. The promise was to open a new center to serve this part of the state.”

 

"And fulfill that promise, the center has: Extensive boardwalks and nature trails give visitors the chance to get close to nature as they explore woodlands, meadows, pocosin forests, wetlands, creeks and rivers.  The center operates year-round, serving both children and adults, Scripture added."

 

To learn more:

http://eastern4hcenter.org/

 

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Join us in Celebrating the Morrill Act :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Join us in Celebrating the Morrill Act :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

This event is free & open to the public. Join us!

 

NC State celebrates the Morrill Act on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the McKimmon Center. The event includes an address by Chancellor Randy Woodson, Provost Warwick Arden, a reception, celebration cake and farm-to-fork food.

 

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act 150 years ago to ensure that regardless of economic status, a college education be available to anyone with the ability and motivation to earn a degree.

 

Read more and find flyer here:

http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2012/11/celebrating-the-morrill-act/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13th Annual NCSU Vermiculture Conference | Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

13th Annual NCSU Vermiculture Conference | Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation. You will also learn the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, the different technologies being utilized, and how a large greenhouse grower is using vermicompost with remarkable results. At this conference there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers."

 

Event runs Nov. 5-6, Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Who should attend?

Earthworm Growers  | Farmers | Composters | Nursery Owners | Greenhouse Growers | Soil Blenders | Orchard Owners | Entrepreneurs | Livestock Operators | Extension Agents | Solid Waste Managers | Landscapers | Consultants | Food Service Managers

 

Click title above for registration.

Contact Information:

Rhonda Sherman
Conference Chairperson
and Extension Specialist,
NC State University
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Phone:(919) 515-6770
Email: sherman@ncsu.edu

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NC Choices' 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference, Temple Grandin kenote at CEFS event

NC Choices' 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference, Temple Grandin kenote at CEFS event | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

NC Choices' 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference

from The Center for Environmental Farming Systems CEFS

more about CEFS: http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/index.htm


December 3 & 4 in Bermuda Run, NC
Online registration for the 2nd Annual Carolina Meat Conference is now open at http://www.carolinameatconference.com


The conference includes a special Monday night social, dinner with the Blind Pig Supper Club, welcome and comments with NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and keynote address with Dr. Temple Grandin and features some of NC's best farmers, meat processors, educators and food professionals including:

    Acre Station Meat Farm
    Chop Shop Butchery
    Foothills Pilot Plant
    Mays Meats
    Proffitt Family Farm
    Rogers Cattle Company
    Rose's Meats and Sweets
    San Giusseppe Salami Company
    Weeping Radish Brewery and Butchery

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as well as:

    Animal Welfare Approved
    Kari Underly, Range, Inc, Chicago, IL
    Adam Tiberio, Tiberio Custom Meats, Brooklyn, NY
    Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, SC
    Tanya Cauthen, Belmont Butchery, Richmond, VA
    T&E Meats, Harrisonburg, VA
    Arion Thiboumery, NMPAN and Lorentz Meats

 

More about the 10 Percent Campaign

@NC10Percent

http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/whatwedo/foodsystems/10percent.html

 

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E. coli adapts to colonize plants

E. coli adapts to colonize plants | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
This is from a U.K. Institute of Food Research press release: To find out more, the IFR team took the first comprehensive look at the differences between the populations of E. coli growing on crop plants and populations in the mammalian gut.

 

Findings:

Strains found to vary genetically throughout a given field
Strains found on lleaf surfaces formed biofilms, presumed protective against desiccation, more readily
Leaf surface strains used sucrose & other plant-derived sugars more readily
Clear evidence of environmental selection

 

The findings could be valuable in food safety/protection.

 

For more food safety information, check out our Food Safety Information sheets at:

http://foodsafetyinfosheets.wordpress.com/

 

from our food safety specialist, Dr. Ben Chapman

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/4hfcs/people/ben-chapman.html

 

And check out the food safety blog, barflog

http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/barfblog

 

 

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