Thursday, August 11, 2011

ARS Newslink

Web links to stories issued August 1-5, 2011 ___________________________________________

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
August 5, 2011

Quicker freeze-dried fish:
A quicker freeze-dry technique used to process salmon cubes could potentially be applied to add value to meat components considered to be less appealing, according to a USDA researcher. (8/1)

Protecting plants:
Detergent-like compounds called saponins are best known for their cleansing properties, but USDA scientists are studying these compounds' potential for helping protect plants from insect attack. (8/2)

Rangelands and climate change:
Rising carbon dioxide levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published today by a team of USDA and university scientists. (8/3)

Food aid product developed:
USDA scientists have developed a fully cooked food-aid product called Instant Corn Soy Blend that supplements meals, particularly for young children. (8/4)

Blowing in the wind:
A USDA scientist and his research partners have combined models of wind erosion and regional climate patterns to simulate the sources and dispersion of particulate matter-such as tiny bits of soil and other substances-blowing in dust storms around Mexico City. (8/5)

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