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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New disease resistant pea developed

Commercial pea growers stand to benefit from the release of Hampton, a new edible dry pea variety that resists some of the legume crop's most costly scourges, including pea enation mosaic virus (PEMV) and bean leaf roll virus ...

dateSep 24, 2015 in Biotechnology
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A wash that reduces health risks in fresh produce

An Agricultural Research Service scientist in Pennsylvania has developed a sanitizing wash formulated with natural compounds that could reduce the number of foodborne illnesses caused each year by Escherichia coli, Salmonella, ...

dateSep 14, 2015 in Other
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A "one-stop shop" for wasp identity information

Determining the identity of parasitic wasps—some measuring less than a millimeter long—can be a time-consuming process that includes comparing their features to descriptions in published works and disparate specimen collections. ...

dateAug 20, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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E. coli gets a boost from lettuce disease

Escherichia coli O157:H7, a bacterium that causes foodborne illness in humans, is more likely to contaminate lettuce when downy mildew is already present, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

dateJul 31, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Natural enzyme examined as antibiotics alternative

In 1921, Alexander Fleming discovered the antimicrobial powers of the enzyme lysozyme after observing diminished bacterial growth in a Petri dish where a drop from his runny nose had fallen. The famed Scottish bacteriologist ...

dateMay 29, 2015 in Other
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How to lure a pest of pistachio, almond and walnut

An Agricultural Research Service entomologist in California is helping the state's almond, pistachio, and walnut growers decide whether to use a new lure to monitor their fields for navel orangeworm (NOW) infestations and ...

dateMay 27, 2015 in Ecology
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