Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARS is one of four agencies in USDA's Research, Education and Economics mission area. ARS is charged with extending the nation's scientific knowledge and solving agricultural problems through its four national program areas: nutrition, food safety and quality; animal production and protection; natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems; and crop production and protection.

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Boosting butanols role in the biofuel world

Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of renewable fuels. Gallon for gallon, it has 30 percent more ...

Nov 17, 2014
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Literature searches benefit from location tagging

Agricultural Research Service ecologist Jason Karl is creating new options for helping researchers to conduct literature searches that go beyond using traditional search terms such as keywords or authors. ...

Oct 31, 2014
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Fruit pest's favorite aromas turned against it

A blend of odors that attracts spotted wing drosophila (SWD) flies has been developed into a new lure product for improved monitoring and control of these tree-fruit and berry pests.

Oct 20, 2014
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Detecting and preventing disease in trout

Each year, the rainbow trout industry suffers significant economic losses due to bacterial cold-water disease, caused by the bacterium Flavobacterium psychrophilum. The disease also affects salmon and other ...

Oct 06, 2014
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Weather-tracking tool helps track migrating insects

Corn earworms (also known as cotton bollworms) cost cotton producers an estimated $200 million a year in lost crops and control expenses, and they are notoriously hard to track because they migrate at night. ...

Oct 02, 2014
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Fungi eyed to tackle weedy menace of american west

Russian thistle, Salsola tragus (tumbleweed), has become an icon of the American West since arriving in the 1870s as a flax seed contaminant. Make no mistake, though: The weed is a menace. It outcompetes ...

Sep 25, 2014
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