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2014-04-03 08:33:04

Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation Announces Seven Founding Participants for REAP initiative ARLINGTON, Texas, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), the ATIP Foundation (Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership) has established a public-private partnership to enhance research on sustainable soil health for multiple land uses in agriculture....

2013-05-20 08:26:51

MELBOURNE, Australia, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in treatment of mastitis Major global market opportunity Trials to begin in the second half 2013 Australian drug delivery technology company Phosphagenics Limited (ASX: POH, OTCQX: PPGNY) will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to develop and trial products...

2013-04-04 08:21:58

Nine economic development organizations from across the country comprise the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation ARLINGTON, Texas, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nine technology-based economic development organizations from across the United States have joined forces to form the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership (ATIP) Foundation, which will facilitate public-private research and technology licensing partnerships, and promote...

2013-03-18 16:01:44

The pale cyst nematode, Globodera pallida, is one bad roundworm. Unchecked, the pest burrows into potato roots to feed, obstructing nutrients and causing stunted growth, wilted leaves and other symptoms that can eventually kill the plant. Severe infestations can cause tuber yield losses of up to 80 percent. Now, however, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and cooperating scientists are evaluating new ways to control G. pallida using naturally occurring chemicals called egg-hatching...

2013-03-05 12:31:58

UNFI Foundation provides grant for arsenic and rice research WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Center has signed an agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for ARS scientists to conduct targeted research on the factors affecting the presence of arsenic in organically grown rice. Making this research possible is a $50,000 grant to The Organic Center from the newly formed UNFI Foundation. The Center,...

Behavior Of Bed Bugs Being Studied For New Management Tactics
2013-02-11 11:56:12

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Learning more about the behavior of bed bugs is one approach being used by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to identify compounds to help control these pests. The resurgence of bed bugs over the last decade has caused problems in major U.S. cities where they infest homes, apartments, hotels, shelters and even places of work. The small, blood-feeding insects are not known to transmit diseases, but they can cause severe reactions in...

Hot Air Treatment Makes Bacteria Fly the Coop
2013-01-28 10:46:14

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Poultry producers can reduce bacterial cross-contamination in poultry cages by treating the cages with forced air that's been heated to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. While being transported in coops on trucks, poultry that have bacteria such as Campylobacter can contaminate, through their feces, other poultry that are free of pathogens. Those disease-causing bacteria can then be...

Plant Water Demands Shift With Water Availability Confirmed By USDA Study
2013-01-22 13:59:07

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their cooperators. The study was published this week in Nature by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists led by Guillermo Ponce Campos and Susan Moran and an Australian...

Methods Improved For Trapping Stink Bugs
2013-01-18 10:41:51

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Baited black traps in a pyramid shape attract significantly more brown marmorated stink bugs than other traps, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Evaluating stink bug responses to different visual stimuli may help manufacturers design better traps for monitoring the bugs. Entomologist Tracy Leskey at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, W.V., focused on visual...

Controlling The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, USDA's Top-ranked Invasive Insect
2013-01-07 12:18:56

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) First detected in the United States a decade ago, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops. It's no wonder the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ranks this pest as its top "invasive insect of interest." But help may be on the way: USDA scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Invasive...