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Agilent, University, Agencies to Partner on Pathogen Genomes

E coli bacteria magnified (USDA Agricultural Research Service/Wikimedia Commons)

Agilent Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, California is collaborating with University of California in Davis, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on collecting a database of 100,000 foodborne pathogen genomes. The 100K Genome Project aims to sequence the genetic code . . . → Read More: Agilent, University, Agencies to Partner on Pathogen Genomes

International Consortium Studies Corn Genome

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A collaboration of genetic and agricultural scientists from the U.S., Mexico, France, Kenya, and China have conducted a comprehensive analysis of the corn genome. The team, led by researchers from Cornell University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, and funded by USDA and National Science Foundation, published their findings online in the journal . . . → Read More: International Consortium Studies Corn Genome

Starch-Based Fibers for Bandages and Paper Developed

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A graduate student in food science at Pennsylvania State University in University Park has developed a fibrous material from ordinary food starch that can be woven into bandages and household paper products. A provisional patent has been filed for the discovery by Lingyan Kong, working under food science professor Greg Ziegler, with the . . . → Read More: Starch-Based Fibers for Bandages and Paper Developed

Bridgestone Tire to Study Natural Raw Rubber Alternative

Guayule (Agricultural Research Service/USDA)

Bridgestone Corporation, a global tire manufacturer in Tokyo, Japan unveiled plans today for a research project in the U.S. to develop a new commercially viable, renewable source of tire-quality natural rubber. The project aims to harness the cultivation of guayule — pronounced why-YOU-lee — as an alternative to hevea trees, . . . → Read More: Bridgestone Tire to Study Natural Raw Rubber Alternative

iPhone App Highlights Invasive Plants in Southern Forests

Screen shot from Forest Service iPhone app (U.S. Forest Service)

Research funded by the U.S. Forest Service has generated new software to alert foresters and citizens in the southern U.S. to invasive plant species. The app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch are available free from Apple’s iTunes Store. The Forest Service is . . . → Read More: iPhone App Highlights Invasive Plants in Southern Forests

NSF Supporting Research to Reduce Fertilizer Use in Maize

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

Researchers at three universities, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have received a $1.3 million grant from National Science Foundation for research on reducing the amount of fertilizer to grow maize. The three-year project is led by the ARS’s Ivan Baxter, who also serves on . . . → Read More: NSF Supporting Research to Reduce Fertilizer Use in Maize

New Method Tests Natural Toxins to Help Wheat Battle Pest

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A research team from Purdue University in Indiana and U.S. Department of Agriculture have devised a method of finding natural toxins to build wheat’s resistance to an insect pest. The researchers’ results appear online in advance of publication in the Journal of Insect Physiology (paid subscription required).

Larvae from the Hessian fly attack . . . → Read More: New Method Tests Natural Toxins to Help Wheat Battle Pest

Research Project to Develop Salad Vegetable Safety Science

Spinach field (Economic Research Service/USDA)

A new research initiative aims to provide U.S. growers and industry with the scientific basis to answer questions about the safety of salad vegetables. The research, led by University of Maryland food science professor Robert Buchanan, will conduct tests and collect data to develop safe and hygienic practices in . . . → Read More: Research Project to Develop Salad Vegetable Safety Science

USDA Funding Research to Aid Organic Dairy Farming

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

A $2.9 million grant will fund a team led by researchers at University of New Hampshire in Durham studying ways to help organic dairy farmers produce and market their milk. The four-year grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will . . . → Read More: USDA Funding Research to Aid Organic Dairy Farming

National Academies Urge Single, Simple Food Rating System

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A study by the National Academy of Sciences recommends federal agencies develop an easy-to-understand point system that rates the nutritional value of packaged food and beverages. The point system, says the study authors, should reflect a single numerical rating that reflects calorie counts with saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.

The . . . → Read More: National Academies Urge Single, Simple Food Rating System