MGN ImageOLEAN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County on Thursday morning.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the 52nd case involves a female healthcare worker who received an antibody test that indicated she could have current infection.A COVID-19 test later revealed she was indeed positive for the virus. Prior to being tested the woman was asymptomatic.The 53rd COVID-19 case involves a male resident who was also asymptomatic. For the most part, health officials say, he denies any contact with a positive COVID-19 case. A contact tracing investigation is now underway for both new cases.There is now a total of 53 cases, with 14 active, 37 recovered and two deceased in Cattaraugus County. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Dogwoods are one of the most popular landscape trees in the American South, but little is known about the genetics of these spring-blooming beauties.Researchers at the University of Georgia are hoping to recruit an army of citizen scientists this spring to help collect data that will help them better understand genetic variation among dogwood trees.Residents from across the Southeast are asked to help with the Dogwood Genome Project now that the trees are starting to bloom in Athens, Georgia, and across the state. Anyone with a smartphone is encouraged to download a specialized app and start recording the characteristics of their neighborhood trees.To help, register as a volunteer observer with the USA National Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook and then collect data on the appearance of flowers, leaves and fruits on dogwood trees. After registering as an observer, dogwood lovers and science enthusiasts can collect data through an app that is available in both the Apple and Android stores. The National Phenology Network is a partner with the UGA Dogwood Genome Project. More information can be found at www.usanpn.org/nn/dogwood_genome.”This information is especially important for developing projections for how dogwood populations will respond to a changing environment,” said UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Professor C.J. Tsai.The Dogwood Genome Project started more than a year ago with a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to researchers at UGA, North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. This team is sequencing the genome of a popular dogwood variety commonly known as ‘Appalachian Spring’ and is also comparing sequences among other dogwood varieties, as well as trees sampled from natural populations.”By helping us document the timing of flowering and bud break for flowering dogwoods on campus, citizen scientists can have a real impact on our understanding of the genetic architecture of these traits,” said Jim Leebens-Mack, a UGA professor of plant biology and the project lead.Horticulturists will also use the phenology and genomic data to guide their breeding programs and produce more beautiful and robust dogwoods. One of the most important aims of the project is to identify genes that provide some dogwoods with natural resistance to fungal diseases like powdery mildew, which twists and deforms the leaves of the tree. Powdery mildew not only makes the trees less attractive, but it can also significantly weaken the tree’s ability to collect the sunlight needed for photosynthesis.Dogwoods account for nearly 10 percent of the retail market for flowering trees in the U.S., which tops $343 million annually, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Northern Ireland face a major defensive headache for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Portugal with Aaron Hughes and Ryan McGivern potentially joining the list of absentees for the match. Boss Michael O’Neill was already without left-back Daniel Lafferty due to suspension and saw centre-back Craig Cathcart withdraw from the squad on Sunday with a knee injury. Former captain Hughes, who has been playing right-back in this campaign, hurt his groin in the closing stages of Fulham’s Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle and stayed an extra day in London for treatment. He is expected to arrive in Belfast later on Wednesday but his chances of making the Portugal clash are not thought to be good. Hibernian defender McGivern, who was expected to replace Lafferty on the left of defence, has a knock and did not train on Wednesday morning. If Hughes is ruled out it would mean three of the back four from the 1-0 win over Russia – Lafferty and Cathcart the others – are missing on Friday. The likely return of Manchester United’s Jonny Evans alongside Gareth McAuley at centre-half would ease that blow somewhat, but improvisations may need to be made elsewhere. Uncapped Kilmarnock left-back Rory McKeown is one alternative, as is Hull’s Alex Bruce – who can play across the back four – while Shane Ferguson could be asked to move back from his usual midfield position. O’Neill is also understood to be pondering a call-up for Chris Baird, an experienced international who has been left out having failed to agree a deal since his release by Fulham at the end of last season. Press Association
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth swim team posted a strong result in its final road meet of the season Friday with a sweep of Foxcroft at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.On the boys’ side, the Eagles won every individual and relay event to claim a 129-15 team win. The Ellsworth girls’ team topped Foxcroft 109-32, winning every individual and relay event with the exception of the 500-yard freestyle, in which the Eagles didn’t field a swimmer.On Saturday, Ellsworth diver Elena Springer placed third in the Palmer Invitational at Husson University. Springer finished the meet with 276.8 points, an Ellsworth team record.Ellsworth will be back at home at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1, for Senior Night. The Eagles will host George Stevens Academy in their final meet before the PVC championships, which will be held Feb. 8 (boys) and Feb. 9 (girls) at the University of Maine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text