Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Doubling the amount of grains that a sorghum plant can yield

Plant scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in their search for solutions to global food production challenges, have doubled the amount of grains that a sorghum plant can yield. Sorghum, one of the world’s most important sources of food, animal feed, and biofuel, is considered a model crop

Doubling the amount of grains that a sorghum plant can yield

Food and fuel: A model for bioenergy feedstock/vegetable double-cropping systems

Much attention has been given to dedicated, perennial bioenergy crops to meet the revised Renewable Fuel Standard mandating production of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by the year 2022. Even so, concern remains over the impending need to convert as much as 30 million acres of U.S. crop land, which would include food crops, to

Food and fuel: A model for bioenergy feedstock/vegetable double-cropping systems

Symposium summary: Swine cells could power artificial liver

Chronic or acute, liver failure can be deadly. Toxins take over, the skin turns yellow and higher brain function slows. “There is no effective therapy at the moment to deal with the toxins that build up in your body,” said Neil Talbot, a Research Animal Scientist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service. “Their only option

Symposium summary: Swine cells could power artificial liver

Sorghum Eyed as a Southern Bioenergy Crop

Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies suggest. Sorghum is an ideal candidate because of its drought tolerance, adaptability to diverse

Sorghum Eyed as a Southern Bioenergy Crop

Possible breakthrough for cellulosic ethanol?

A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. Inserting a specific gene called “corngrass” from corn into switchgrass essentially keeps the perennial grass in its juvenile form — a plant that doesn’t flower, doesn’t produce

Possible breakthrough for cellulosic ethanol?

One-Pound Boat That Could Float 1,000 Pounds

Materials Inspired by Mother Nature Combining the secrets that enable water striders to walk on water and give wood its lightness and great strength has yielded an amazing new material so buoyant that, in everyday terms, a boat made from 1 pound of the substance could carry five kitchen refrigerators, about 1,000 pounds. One of

One-Pound Boat That Could Float 1,000 Pounds

Giving Soybean Oil a New Role in Serving Society

Image by Big Grey Mare via Flickr Scientists have reported on the development of a new method for converting soybean oil into a highly effective bio-based sunscreen active ingredient that does not carry the potential health concerns of ingredients in some existing sunscreens. The new, natural sunscreen agent could replace petroleum-derived ingredients in a variety

Giving Soybean Oil a New Role in Serving Society

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  • Wiping out scrapie in goats, the genetic way
    on January 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    an Agricultural Research Service geneticist. “Not too many years ago, there were only a few hundred thousand goats in the country.” But in January 2018, goats and kids totaled 2.62 million head. Meat ...

  • Scientists Bolt Down the Defenses Against Ambrosia Beetles
    on January 13, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Now, however, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists may have found a way to turn the tables on the beetles. Unchecked, the two- to three-millimeter long pests tunnel into the sapwood of host ...

  • New ARS bee research lab opens at UC Davis
    on January 8, 2020 at 4:36 am

    USDA's Agricultural Research Service says the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility will focus ... and beekeeping sustainability in California and nationwide,” the announcement added. Harry ...

  • New facilities and scientists join USDA and UC Davis in efforts to research honeybees
    on January 8, 2020 at 4:00 am

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the addition of new facilities and researchers was held by the U.S. Department of Agricultural Research Service at the USDA Honey Bee Facility in Davis on Tuesday ...

  • BG’s ARS to receive part of federal funds for hemp research
    on December 26, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Researchers with the Agricultural Research Service – the U.S. Department of Agriculture ... with $2 million slated for the research of hemp through ARS sites such as the one in Bowling Green. Despite ...

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