Monday, September 24, 2012

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
September 21, 2012


Sorghum eyed as a bioenergy crop:
Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses, but the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies suggest. (9/17)

New uses for old tools could boost biodiesel output:
For more than 30 years, near infrared reflectance spectroscopy has been used as a rapid and nondestructive method for measuring protein, moisture, and oil levels in whole grains, but now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are studying how to use remote sensing tools to quickly assess seed oil quality and quantity before and after harvest. (9/20)

Scientists and students release beetles to combat an invasive vine in Florida:
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have teamed with students in Broward County, Fla., to release beneficial beetles that are proving to be an effective biological control against the air potato vine, an aggressive, invasive exotic plant that is displacing native plant species and disrupting ecological functions throughout Florida. (9/21)


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