Latest Edition of Quarterly Report of Research Progress
By Hank Becker
March 29, 2001
The Agricultural Research Service has posted a
new issue of the Quarterly Report of Selected Research Progress for
October 1 to December 31, 2000, on its web site at:
The Quarterly contains the latest ARS research findings in Soil, Water and
Air Quality; Food Safety and Quality; Animal Production and Protection; Human
Nutrition; Crop Productivity; Industrial Products; Crop Diseases and Pests;
IPM/Biocontrol; and Plant Genetic Resources, as well as tech-transfer related
Among the stories in this issue:
developed by ARS scientists may lead to a test to help producers protect
chickens against a major poultry disease, while reducing antibiotic residues.
irrigation to crop temperature can improve the efficiency and profitability of
water use, thus optimizing crop yields and conserving natural resources.
- In a ground-breaking study, ARS scientists screened
to see if they activate a key enzyme in the human body that may protect against
- The Hydrodynamic Pressure
(HDP) Process--known to
make whole-muscle meats more tender--may also reduce food borne pathogens like
- A delicious, vine-ripened
tomato that survives
a week of shipping and handling, yet remains firm on the counter for another
week or more, may be a little closer to reality.
Blueberries, cranberries and huckleberries--like dark-skinned bunch
grapes--contain resveratrol, a potential anticancer agent.
ARS is the chief scientific research arm of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Contact: Hank Becker, ARS Information Staff,
Beltsville, Md.; phone (301) 504-1624, fax (301) 504-1641,