Friday, May 13, 2011

ARS Newslink

Web links to stories issued May 9-13, 2011 ___________________________________________

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 13, 2011

Protecting wheat and poplars:
An international team of researchers co-led by an ARS scientist has sequenced the genomes of two fungal pathogens-one that threatens global wheat supplies and another that limits production of a tree crop valued as a future source for biofuel. (5/9)

Scrutinizing fresh produce:
ARS scientists have developed and patented an experimental, cutting-edge optical scanning system that would use two different kinds of lighting, a sophisticated camera and other pieces of equipment to scrutinize produce-section favorites while they are still at the packinghouse. (5/10)

Monitoring crop growth:
An ARS scientist has developed computer software that tells Central Great Plains farmers and ranchers when to apply pesticides, fertilizers and water. (5/12)

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