Friday, September 9, 2011

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ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
September 9, 2011

Surveying leafy spurge:
A USDA aerial photography survey of 38,000 wildfire-burned acres in Idaho provided what is believed to be the first evidence that the invasive leafy spurge weed is displacing seedlings of native mountain big sagebrush. (9/6)

Investigating cattle diseases:
The origin of three costly cattle diseases is genetically linked, according to USDA researchers. They have discovered a location on bovine chromosome 20 that is associated with the incidence of the most prevalent bacterial diseases-pinkeye, foot rot and bovine respiratory disease (pneumonia)-that affect feedlot cattle. (9/8)

Cotton's potential for padding nonwovens:
USDA scientists have conducted studies to investigate the use of virgin cotton in nonwoven materials and products. (9/9)

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