Friday, January 18, 2013

ARS Newslink

Web links to stories issued January 14-18, 2013 ___________________________________________

ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 18, 2013

Protecting citrus from disease:
Amino acids in orange juice might reveal secrets to the successful attack strategy of the plant pathogen that causes citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing or HLB, according to studies by USDA scientists and cooperators. (1/14)

Biodegradable plastic developed:
USDA scientists and university cooperators have developed a biodegradable plastic that could be used in disposable food containers. To make the plastic, scientists incorporated biodegradable sugar beet pulp, which is the leftover residue from sugar extraction, with a biodegradable polymer. (1/16)

Trapping stink bugs:
Baited black traps in a pyramid shape attract significantly more brown marmorated stink bugs than other traps, according to USDA scientists. Evaluating stink bug responses to different visual stimuli may help manufacturers design better traps for monitoring the bugs. (1/18)

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