USDA Agricultural Research Service
July 29, 2011
Keeping the air clean:
USDA researchers have found a way to help growers minimize emissions of fumigants used as soil treatments. (7/26) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2011/110726.htm
"Green" surfactants eyed:
Surfactants, which are wetting agents that lower a liquid's surface tension, are used in detergents, cosmetics and other products. Now USDA scientists are investigating compounds called sophorolipids--produced by naturally occurring yeasts--as green alternatives to petroleum-derived surfactants. (7/28) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2011/110728.htm
A Swedish treasure:
The first screening by USDA scientists of the American ancestors of soybeans for tolerance to ozone and other stresses had an eye-opening result: The world superstars of stress resistance hailed from a little village in far northern Sweden. (7/29) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2011/110729.htm
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