Friday, July 12, 2013

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USDA Agricultural Research Service
July 12, 2013

Tracking invasive trees:
USDA scientists have been investigating ways of using aerial photography and computer programs to quickly identify and measure areas affected by invasive trees. As a result, researchers have developed tools that could help land managers protect sagebrush ecosystems and control invasive vegetation more economically and efficiently. (7/8)

Separating good seeds from bad:
Fast, portable, and comparatively inexpensive, an improved seed-sorting machine developed by a USDA scientist and an industry colleague is helping plant breeders and others separate the seeds they want from those they don't, with an impressive degree of accuracy. (7/11)

New strawberry species found:
A recently discovered wild strawberry provides new genetic material for plant research and may lead to a new class of commercial strawberries, according to a USDA scientist. Genes from the newly created strawberries may yield new flavors or disease resistance. (7/12)


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