Location: Plant Science Research
2012 Annual Report
ARS in Raleigh is made up of four (4) research units. Each research unit has a unique mission and interacts with key customers and stakeholders. Scientists are recognized world-wide for innovative research and technology development.
Food Science (FS): To develop improved processes for the preservation and utilization of vegetables, including cucumbers, sweet potatoes, peppers, and cabbage, which will enhance quality, retain nutrients, assure safety, reduce energy use, and minimize high salt processing wastes. NPs 108 and 306.
Market Quality & Handling (MQH): Market The multi-task mission includes enhancement of flavor and shelf-life of domestic and export peanuts and peanut products by developing improved methods in production, handling, and roast processing; qualitative and quantitative determination of peanut components which contribute to nutrition and health of consumers; evaluation and use of genetic resources to improve market quality factors; and development of value added uses for peanuts and peanut manufacturing components. The Unit conducts research on high priority issues to assist the peanut and other industries in producing the highest quality products possible; NP 306.
Plant Science (PS): Research involved in the use of plant molecular genetics, classical genetics, and plant breeding for crop improvement; development of superior populations and germplasm of cereal grains (corn, wheat, oat, and barley); development of new techniques to evaluate, manage and control disease in cereal grains; investigations of quality constituents of forage grasses and delineation of plant-animal interactions; and determination of how atmospheric contaminants and climate change affect plant growth, development, and yield -- NPs 212, 215, and 301.
Soybean & Nitrogen Fixation (SNF): Research to:.