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Latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Stories

Understanding Travel Patterns Of Microbes Blowing In The Wind
2013-02-07 09:32:18

With help from a wind tunnel and the latest DNA technology, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are shedding light on the travel patterns of microbes in soils carried off by strong winds.

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

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.

There Is A Limit For How Long Plants Can Adapt To Drought
2013-01-23 13:50:15

Plants can adapt their demand for water depending on how much is available - However, this resilience has a limit, and prolonged drought conditions threaten the survival of plant communities, especially in more arid areas

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

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.

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

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.

Diet Of The Lady Beetle Influences Its Effectiveness As Biocontrol Agent
2013-01-11 15:47:47

By examining what lady beetles eat, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are learning more about the movement of these beneficial insects in farm fields—and whether they'll actively feed on crop pests.

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

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.


Word of the Day
dapifer
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.