New technique creates renewable "bio-oil"

The idea of replacing fossil-based fuel, such as petroleum, with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited.

Tackling cattle fever ticks with vaccines

The economic impact of cattle fever ticks, including the southern cattle fever tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, was so severe in the late 1800s that the U.S. Department of Agriculture started an eradication program ...

Native vine's sap eyed as potential gum arabic alternative

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found a sap oozing from the stem of frost grape, a native U.S. grapevine, which has piqued their interest. This sap has an uncanny similarity to gum Arabic, a common thickening ...

How coffee berry borers survive on caffeine

The world's most devastating coffee pest can cut yields by up to 80 percent, and it survives on what would be a toxic dose of caffeine for any other insect. Some 850 insects can feed on different parts of a coffee plant, ...

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 ...

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, ...

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