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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Yeasts on plums have a plus side

Some naturally occurring yeasts may be useful for protecting stone fruits against pathogens that attack after harvest. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) looked to the microflora on the surface of the ...

dateJun 10, 2015 in Ecology
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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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16 new lettuce breeding lines from ARS

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in California have developed 16 new lettuce breeding lines. Lettuce production in the United States is concentrated mostly in California and Arizona, where it is grown year-round. ...

dateMay 15, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Horticulturalists develop two new berries

Berries of all types are wonderful additions to a healthy diet, providing nutrients, fiber, and flavor. Two new berries have been developed, thanks to scientists at the Agricultural Research Service's Horticultural Crops ...

dateApr 23, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Beneficial insect virus gets boost as crop pest fighter

Common baking ingredients may offer a way to bolster the effectiveness of Cydia pomonella granulovirus (CpGV), a natural insect pathogen that's been commercially formulated to kill codling moth larvae, a pest of apple, pear, ...

dateMar 30, 2015 in Ecology
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