Friday, April 1, 2011

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
April 1, 2011

Calculating livestock numbers:
Ranchers in the central Great Plains may be using some of their winter downtime in the future to rehearse the upcoming production season--all from the warmth of their homes. (3/29)

Battling Dutch elm disease:
Two ARS scientists may have discovered "the map to El Dorado" for the American elm--a previously hidden population of elms that carry genes for resistance to Dutch elm disease. (3/30)

Controlling garden pests:
ARS scientists have found strains of bacteria that could one day be used as environmentally friendly treatments to keep caterpillars and other pests out of gardens and cultivated fields.

Studying E. coli in plants:
A technique developed by ARS scientists for tracking pathogens has helped confirm that Escherichia coli is not likely to contaminate the internal vascular structure of field-grown leafy greens. (4/1)

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