New ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs Posted on Web / September
7, 2005 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service
New ARS Food & Nutrition Research Briefs
Posted on Web
By Marcia Wood
September 7, 2005
Highlights of recent food,
nutrition and food safety discoveries by Agricultural Research Service scientists
are featured in the newest edition of the ARS Food & Nutrition Research
Briefs. Illustrated with color photography, this informative newsletter is
Summaries in this issue report, for example, that:
- Cocoa powder products are richer in antioxidants than several other
cocoa-bean-derived chocolate treats.
- Strength training helped elders combat muscle loss and reduce the pain of
- Defender, a long, white-skinned potato from ARS and university potato
breeders, is the first commercial potato in the United States to resist late
blight, one of the worst potato diseases worldwide.
- Teamwork by ARS scientists, veterinarians and others is ensuring that
dairy products remain safe.
- Two recently developed catfish vaccines offer an easier way to protect
these popular, farm-raised fish against a costly disease.
ARS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
chief scientific research agency, offers a free email-alert service in which
readers receive a notice when a new issue of the Briefs is posted on the
World Wide Web. Readers also can opt to receive the full text of each new issue
via email. Instructions for signing up for either of these no-cost subscription
services are posted at: