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USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 24, 2014

Exploring new binders for hydromulch:
USDA scientists have shown that half a dozen plant-derived compounds outperformed guar gum as a binder in hydromulch-the green-colored material that highway crews and landscapers spray to help protect newly sown seeds. (1/21)

Microgreens pack nutritional punch:
USDA researchers have analyzed the key nutrients in 25 different varieties of vegetable microgreens. This important data could help estimate levels of vitamins and nutrients in these popular edible greens. (1/23)

Research helps boost catfish production:
The aquaculture industry is taking notice of USDA studies that give the precise levels of dissolved oxygen needed to keep pond-raised catfish alive and growing. Dissolved oxygen is the most critical water quality factor in aquaculture, and farmers who use good oxygen management practices can double the growth rate of their fish. (1/24)

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