The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.
Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue focuses on some of the techniques scientists are using to identify pathogens such as viruses in poultry, and innovative ways to control them.
Other research highlighted in this issue includes:
· Nematodes or roundworms that invade the brains of termites may offer an alternative method to control them.
· A noninvasive system that predicts tenderness in beef can now identify tender pork as well, plus color stability in meat.
· Treasures of parasite photos, drawings, lantern slides, research notes, reports and correspondence are preserved at the National Agricultural Library.
Professionals interested in animal health issues might want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects such as nutrition or parasites.
The site also provides complete contact information for the 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.