Friday, October 7, 2011

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
September 16, 2011

Boosting ethanol production:
A commercial enzyme could reduce overall costs linked with producing ethanol from grain, and also reduce associated emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a study by USDA scientists and colleagues. (9/12)

Using nitrogen more efficiently:
A USDA scientist is helping farmers grow crops with less nitrogen-based fertilizer--which could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution. (9/13)

Protecting cacao from diseases:
Fungi found in the leaves and trunks of wild Peruvian cacao trees offer the potential for biological control of cacao diseases such as witches' broom disease, according to USDA scientists. Several of the fungal species were previously unknown to science. (9/15)

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