ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
November 23, 2012
Protecting troops from sand flies:
USDA scientists are helping deployed American troops protect themselves against sand flies, which are major pests in Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East. Sand flies are vectors of Leishmania parasites that cause leishmaniasis, a devastating disease for which there is no vaccine or medication. (11/19) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121119.htm
Producing peaches with less water:
USDA scientists are helping peach growers make the most of dwindling water supplies in California's San Joaquin Valley. The researchers have found a way to reduce the amount of water given post-harvest to early-season peaches so that the reduction has a minimal effect on yield and fruit quality. (11/21) http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2012/121121.htm
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