Friday, January 31, 2014

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ARS News Service
USDA Agricultural Research Service
January 31, 2014

Conserving genetic diversity:
A first-of-its-kind inventory for wild and weedy relatives of important crops has been developed by USDA scientists and their collaborators. The inventory will help conserve these so-called "crop wild relatives" and ensure their availability as prized sources of genetic diversity. (1/27)

Feeding vaccines to chicks:
An alternate vaccine delivery system for newborn chicks has been developed by USDA scientists to improve vaccination against intestinal diseases like coccidiosis. (1/28)

Examining pear storage:
Fresh Anjou pears, harvested in late summer, will usually be available in supermarket produce departments through early spring of the following year. That's partly due to long-term-storage technologies that help postpone ripening. Now USDA researchers are tackling some of the problems that may affect this popular pear while in refrigerated, low-oxygen storage. (1/30)

New nutrition research findings available:
Eating breakfast, or skipping it, may significantly influence a child's ability to solve math problems. This is among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the most recent issue of the ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs. (1/31)

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