Chronological history by decade from
History of Research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Research Service
Blue=USDA research accomplishment
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Foods made with Oatrim maintain good consistency and texture. They have fewer calories, lower cholesterol, and improve glucose tolerance.
Nearly 9 billion chicks worth over $1-3/4 billion came from commercial U.S. hatcheries in 1997.
New ORAC method helps measure antioxidants in berries and other foods.
Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act passed.
Technique developed to grow taxol-producing cells in tissue culture.
Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act passed.
Africanized honeybees entered the U.S.
Demonstrated that genes could be infected using a commercially available inoculation device dubbed "gene gun"
Developed test to rapidly diagnose citrus blight.
With CSREES, launched MSEA (Management Systems Evaluation Area) projects to develop multi-scale farming systems for improved water quality.
With NRCS, designed criteria for soil and water conservation structures, such as vegetative waterways to protect millions of acres from runoff damage.
Ranger Russet potato released.
Discovered first-ever homeoboxregion of a gene that enables it to control other genesin plants.
Patented new soybean inoculant--live, nitrogen-fixing bacteria--that increased soybean yield up to 2.9 bushels per acre. (more)
Shasta viburnum released.
Diana hibiscus released.
Released Nitrate leaching and Economic Analysis Package (NLEAP), field-scale computer model for predicting potential nitrate leaching
Generated molecular probes to detect citrus canker disease.
SoilGardTM, the first commercial biocontrol agent for soil-borne diseases, developed in cooperation with industry.
Identified and cloned genes responsible for antibiotic production in soil bacteria responsible for take-all decline.
First sensitive and specific test for Babesia equii antibody developed.
Patented test to differentiate strains of citrus tristeza; a virus that can kill trees. (more)
Eskimo viburnum released.
Galaxy magnolia released.
Developed paper from chicken feathers.
Showed that deficiency in either selenium or vitamin E can trigger a mutation in a normal benign human virus; first report of a specific nutritional deficiency permitting a nonvirulent virus to become virulent. (more)
Discovered that latex from guayule does not contain the allergens found in latex from the Brazilian rubber tree.
Potomac pear released.
Developed remote-sensing technology to measure surface soil moisture, temperature, and other landscape characteristics.
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) method of measuring antioxidant capacity automated.
Developed method to genetically modify Brucella abortus Strain 19, to differentiate between naturally infected and vaccinated animals.
First genetic linkage maps of cattle and swine constructed.
First sensitive and specific test developed for malignant catharrhal fever in sheep.
Black emerald grapes released.
Little Giant processing blueberry released.
Conducted extensive outdoor tests with PAM, polyacrylamide powder, showing its efficacy in preventing irrigation water from carrying away soil particles as the water flows down a furrow and leading to widespread use.
First two postharvest biofungicides registered with EPAASPIRE and BIO-SAVE 11based on ARS research.
Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation completed. (more)
Valley Forge and New Harmony elm trees released; tolerant to Dutch elm disease.
Experimentally infected cattle with transmissible mink encephalopathy and scrapie agents.
Dwelley, Sanford, and Myles chickpeas released; resistant to ascochyta blight.
Four water-quality assessment models delivered to NRCS, which developed a comprehensive database/interface system. These models set the standard for resource predictions for over a decade.
Root Zone Water Quality Model (RZWQM) made publicly available. Today the model is used around the world for aiding soil and water management.
Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act passed.
Isolated and developed DNA test to identify bacterium that caused swine diarrhea.
First sensitive and specific test for anaplasmosis antibody in cattle developed.
"Dolly" cloned from an udder cell of an adult sheep.
Phytoplasma discovered as the infectious cause of commercially desirable free-branching growth habit in poinsettia.
Developed technique for large-scale extraction of limonoid glucosides from citrus.(more)
Trailblazer alfalfa released.
Method developed to recycle chromium-containing solid waste from leather production.
First genetically engineered vaccine for shipping fever in cattle developed.
First effective lure for German yellowjacket and golden paper wasps developed.
Discovered that dogs are a definitive host for Neospora.
First sensitive and specific test to detect Babesia caballi antibody in horses developed.
Gene-based test for Johne's disease in cattle developed.
Bluebyrd plum released.
Modified live-bacterium fish vaccine approved; protects young channel catfish against enteric septicemia.
USDA helps develop P Index, a tool for guiding phosphorous management in order to reduce eutrophication.
Unique plants found for removal of toxic trace elements from contaminated soils and water, as well as for metal recovery.
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