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Report: More Biotech Regulations Needed, and Soon

A new report from the National Academies calls for a more robust and responsive regulatory system to handle an anticipated flood of biotechnology products. . . . → Read More: Report: More Biotech Regulations Needed, and Soon

Vaccine Stops Livestock Infections Without Antibiotics

A veterinary medical team at Kansas State University developed a vaccine that protects livestock against dangerous liver and skin infections without antibiotics. . . . → Read More: Vaccine Stops Livestock Infections Without Antibiotics

Gene Editing Enlisted to Fight Citrus Greening

(Hans, Pixabay)

11 February 2016. Plant scientists at University of California in Riverside plan to use genome editing to develop varieties of citrus fruit resistant to a bacterial disease devastating crops in the U.S. and other parts of the world. The five-year research project led by UC-Riverside plant pathologist Wenbo Ma is funded by . . . → Read More: Gene Editing Enlisted to Fight Citrus Greening

Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

7 May 2015. An organization of school districts in the U.S., joined by the Pew Charitable Trusts and U.S. Department of Agriculture, wrote a set of guidelines to reduce the use of antibiotics in raising chickens destined for school feeding programs. Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest producer of chickens, also . . . → Read More: Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

School Meal Standards Lead to More Fruit, Veggies Eaten

(USDA.gov)

4 March 2014. A study by public health researchers at Harvard University shows children eating lunch at school increased their consumption of fruit and vegetables after new school lunch standards took effect. The team led by nutrition research fellow Juliana Cohen published its results online today in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Cohen . . . → Read More: School Meal Standards Lead to More Fruit, Veggies Eaten

Disease, Queen Identified as Main Bee Colony Risk Factors

Jeffrey Pettis, of USDA’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, is a co-author of the study. (Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

Researchers at North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, and U.S. Department of Agriculture found a mysterious disease and aberrant queen behavior highly associated with the recent widespread death of bee . . . → Read More: Disease, Queen Identified as Main Bee Colony Risk Factors

USDA Funding Research on Sustainable Organic Rice Farming

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

Texas AgriLife Research, a division of Texas A&M University in College Station, is conducting research on sustainable techniques to improve yields of high-quality organic rice. The work led by Fugen Dou, a soil and crop science professor at AgriLife’s lab in Beaumont, is funded by two U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . → Read More: USDA Funding Research on Sustainable Organic Rice Farming

Plant Genes Altered to Add More Kernels On Ears of Corn

(USDA.gov)

Plant scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York engineered a key gene in maize — called corn in North America — that encourages their version of stem cells to develop more kernels per ear. The findings of David Jackson and colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor appeared online yesterday in the journal . . . → Read More: Plant Genes Altered to Add More Kernels On Ears of Corn

Universities, Companies Study Oilseed Camelina as Biofuel

Xiuzhi Susan Sun (Kansas State University)

Bioscientists at Kansas State University in Manhattan, with colleagues at two other universities and four companies, are studying the economic potential of the oilseed plant camelina as a commercial biofuel feedstock. The project, led by K-State agricultural engineering professor Xiuzhi Susan Sun (pictured right), is funded by a . . . → Read More: Universities, Companies Study Oilseed Camelina as Biofuel

Swine Genome Offers Insights for Agriculture, Medicine

(Keith Weller, Agricultural Research Service/USDA)

An analysis of the pig genome by an international consortium highlights genetic mechanisms that can improve breeding practices and show similarities with humans for development of drugs. The findings by the International Swine Genome Sequence Consortium appear online in the journals Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of . . . → Read More: Swine Genome Offers Insights for Agriculture, Medicine