Friday, January 13, 2012

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 13, 2012

Better sugar beets:
USDA scientists are helping sugar beet producers increase yields, protect their produce from disease, and boost profits. (1/10)

Restoring western rangelands:
The arid conditions in the southwestern United States make restoring degraded rangelands extremely difficult, but a USDA scientist has found a way to help native grasses survive there so they can be closely studied as restoration tools. (1/11)

Comparing energy conversion of plants, solar cells:
Scientists now have a way to more accurately compare how efficiently plants and photovoltaic, or solar, cells convert sunlight into energy, thanks to findings by a research consortium that included a USDA scientist. (1/12)

New nutrient data sets available:
Two timely nutrient data sets provided by USDA scientists are being used by the beef and pork industries to provide new Nutrition Facts labels for their products. (1/13)

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