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Digital Panoramas Of Rangelands Could Be Rich Source Of Research Data
2011-09-20 10:32:20

  A scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is exploring how rangeland ecologists could use high-resolution digital panoramas to track landscape changes. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) hydraulic engineer Mary Nichols uses a digital camera to create a single high-resolution landscape panorama that users can zoom in on to study individual plants, animals or specific features in the landscape. Nichols works at the ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center in...

2011-09-19 21:41:14

When wireworms feast on potatoes, the results aren't pretty: The spuds' surfaces are left punctured, pitted and unappealing. For the past few years, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their colleagues have sought a solution in the form of spuds with genetic resistance to the worms, with special attention focused on two wild potatoes from Chile and Bolivia: Solanum berthaultii and S. etuberosum. Previous studies showed that the wild potatoes resisted Colorado potato...

USDA Banning 6 Types Of E. Coli From Ground Beef
2011-09-13 13:17:31

  According to multiple media reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to add six types of E. coli bacteria to its list of adulterants that are banned from being sold in raw beef. The USDA said it will be focusing on six other strains of E. coli that have been found in food in recent years and have made people sick the same way the O157:H7 strain can. A report by the Wall Street Journal said the new USDA plan was set to take effect in March 2012 after a...

Cargill Announces A Second Recall Of Ground Turkey
2011-09-12 12:24:12

  Cargill Inc. has announced another recall of ground turkey products on Sunday after tests showed salmonella in a sample from an Arkansas plant. The company recalled 36 million pounds of turkey products from the same Arkansas plant earlier last month.  That recall came after a salmonella outbreak federal health officials said killed one person and sickened 107 others. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the second recall has not been tied to any illnesses, but was...

Commercial Enzyme Improves Grain Ethanol Production
2011-09-12 10:07:27

  A commercial enzyme could reduce overall costs linked with producing ethanol from grain, and also reduce associated emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and colleagues. The researchers found that the enzyme helps extract water from an ethanol byproduct used to make dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), which can be used as feed supplements for cattle, swine and poultry. This could significantly reduce the...

2011-08-31 20:18:35

A new birth control vaccine for white-tailed deer – a growing nuisance in urban areas for gardens and landscaping – eliminates the dangerous reproductive behavior behind the annual autumn surge in automobile-deer collisions. The vaccine, just becoming commercially available in some states, was the topic of a report here today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Named GonaCon, the vaccine also shows promise for reducing or...


Word of the Day
reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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