Friday, January 11, 2013

ARS Newslink

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 11, 2013

Targeting the stink bug:
USDA scientists are searching for ways to control the invasive brown marmorated stink bug by deciphering its genetic toolkit, studying the pheromones it releases, and evaluating potential attractants for use in commercial traps. (1/7)

Protecting wheat and barley:
Soil-dwelling bacteria that depend on wheat and barley roots for their "room and board" could soon prove themselves helpful to the plants in return. USDA scientists are investigating the bacteria's potential to biologically control root-rot fungi that cause crop yield losses of 10 to 30 percent annually in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. (1/9)

Learning more about lady beetles:
By examining what lady beetles eat, USDA scientists are learning more about the movement of these beneficial insects in farm fields-and whether they'll actively feed on crop pests. (1/11)

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