Friday, November 16, 2012

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
November 16, 2012

Battling insects to protect troops:
As part of ongoing studies to protect U.S. troops from disease-causing insects, USDA scientists are studying toxic sugar-based baits to lure and kill mosquitoes, and are evaluating insecticides and designing innovative technology to fight biting insects and arthropods. (11/13)

Turning grass into fire logs:
Artificial logs that create a cheerful and welcoming blaze in your fireplace can be made from a perhaps surprising source: grass clippings. USDA scientists have shown that lawn clippings can be mixed with other natural compounds to yield ecofriendly fire logs that burn brightly and evenly. (11/15)

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