Friday, July 13, 2012

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ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
July 13, 2012

Fighting diseases in poultry:
Hyperimmune egg yolk antibodies can be used to help control intestinal diseases in poultry, according to USDA scientists. The antibiotic-free technology involves extracting antibodies from egg yolks from pathogen-free hens or female chickens that have been hyperimmunized-injected with a vaccine that contains inactivated pathogenic organisms. (7/9)

Oxygen boosts phosphine's effectiveness:
A fumigant called phosphine is more effective at controlling insects when it's combined with oxygen, according to findings by a USDA scientist. The oxygen-phosphine combination could be an environmentally friendly alternative to methyl bromide for combating pests on harvested fruits and vegetables. (7/11)

Going green to battle nematodes:
USDA scientists are using molecular tools to help cotton growers cut back on their use of pesticides in controlling one of their worst adversaries: the root-knot nematode. (7/13)

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