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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 7, 1989 - Page 5
Mushrooms
yield big profits

tor
LANSING (A
success among
launched from M
versity laboratorie
its start producin
rooms.
Test kits to hel
other food growe
fight the aflatoxi
Neogen's rapid gr
But seven year
based spin-off co
with the discover
techniques to g
gourmet mushro
tory.
"This was a se
ery of MSU res
Neogen Presidei
said. "Until then,
produce morel m
cally for over 200
cess."
Neogen becam
success stories a
research in this
Cantlon, universi
and graduate studi
Two other fas
companies are Me
Inc. of Okemus,
ning microscope
search, and Wav

company
P) - The biggest mouth company producing mi-
young companies crowave equipment to make thin
ichigan State Uni- films for manufacturing use.
s in the 1980's got Neogen, the biggest success, has
Ig gourmet mush- started a spin-off research company
of its own called Company M to
p peanut, corn and carry on the mushroom project.
-rs and processors Company M expects to produce a
n threat now fuel few hundred pounds of morels a
owth. week by mid-1990 in a pilot pro-
s ago, the Lansing- gram, and Neogen will collect royal-
mpany got its start ties on future sales.
y of biotechnology Neogen is turning its attention to
row $20-a-pound the food-safety niche, Herbert said.
oms in the labora- "We're in the right place in the right
time."
rendipitous discov- Farmers, ranchers and food pro-
earchers in 1982," cessors use Neogen's diagnostic kit
nt James Herbert in field tests for aflatoxin, a poison
people had tried to that flourishes in hot, dry, weather..

More Arrivals

Almost 700 East-Germans arrive in Glessen, 80 kms north of Frankfurt, after a long train ride from Prague, yesterday afternoon. Some flashed the
V-sign when they departed the train, before being taken to the West-German Steuben army barracks for temporary shelter.
Contras to meet with Sandinistas

ushrooms domesti-
years without suc-
ae the first of three
irising form MSU
decade, said John
ty dean of research
es.
:t-growing spin-off
eridian Instruments
making laser-scan-
~s for cellular re-
vemat Inc., a .Ply-

Aflatoxin has proven a potent
cause of cancer in laboratory animals
and is thought to contribute to high
rates of liver cancer in parts of Asia
and Africa.
It has infested corn and peanut
crops and broke out in the Midwest
farm belt during the 1988 drought.
Neogen's kits can be used for $3
to $6 a test, on site substituting for
tests that typically cost $30 to $50
if performed by laboratories, which
take several days.

UNITED. NATIONS (AP) -
Leaders of Nicaraguan rebels have
,agreed to meet Sandinista govern-
nent representatives this week for
the first direct peace talks in more
than a year. U.N. officials said yes-
terday.
When President Daniel Ortega
canceled a 19-month-old truce last
week, he also proposed a meeting at
U.N. headquarters. Nadia Younes, a
U.N. spokeswoman, said the two
sides had agreed to meet Thursday
and Friday.
Nicaragua's U.N. mission said
Victor Hugo Tinoco, deputy foreign
minister, probably would lead the
government delegation.
A senior U.N. official said pri-
vately all issues will be on the table,
including the voluntary disbanding
of the rebels, known as Contras; se-

Leaders of Nicaraguan rebels
to meet Sandinista government
representatives at U.N.

curity guarantees for those repatriated
from rebel bases in neighboring
Honduras and political reform in
Nicaragua.
In Honduras, Contra military
leader Enrique Bermudez told The
Associated Press, "We have accepted
the new proposal for dialogue from
Ortega," and said he would lead a
five-man rebel delegation.
Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo,
Roman Catholic primate of
Nicaragua, has agreed to attend as an
abserver. He has been a go-between
for the Sandinistas and Contras in

the past.
Also present will be the Interna-
tional Commission for Verification
and Support consisting of one offi-
cial each from the United Nations
and Organization of American
States. The commission was estab-
lished under the Central American
peace plan of Aug. 7 to help the
Contras disarm and resettle in
Nicaragua with their families.
The Contras are expected to insist
on resuming the cease-fire. They
also want a general amnesty and
guarantees that they can visit
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Nicaragua to verify that reforms have
been made and it is safe for them to
return.
A senior U.N. official
said privately all
issues will be on the
table, including the
voluntary disbanding
of the rebels, known
as Contras; security
guarantees for those
repatriated from rebel
bases in neighboring
Honduras; and
political reform in
Nicaragua.
The peace plan says the Contras
must be disbanded by Dec. 5, but
also that their repatriation be volun-
tary.

LANSING (AP) - A woman
who died after her car plunged off the
Mackinac Bridge was speeding at the
time of the accident, state police said
in a report released yesterday.
Leslie Pluhar of Royal Oak was
driving between 55 and 63 mph
across the 45 mph bridge on Sept.
22, the report states.
The report, the result of a six-
week investigation, immediately was
decried as being inconclusive.
"This report says nothing at all.
There are no conclusions at all,
nothing along the lines of 'Don't do
this because it might happen to
you,"' said Tom Greene, chief of
staff for Sen. Richard Fessler (R-

Bridge plunge victim
was speeding, report says

West Bloomfield), whose transporta
tion committee also is investigating
the incident.
Green accused the state police re-
port of deliberate vagueness because
of the threat of a civil suit. Pluhar's
family retained a lawyer to investi-
gate the incident, causing Attorney
General Frank Kelley to order inves-
tigators not to testify at Fessler's
committee hearings last month.
State police Lt. Dan Smith in
Lansing said investigators will con-
tinue to provide information to the
Mackinac Bridge Authority, state
Department of Transportation and at-
torney general's office in the case.

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