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The Agricultural Research Service is one of the largest agencies of USDA. ARS research covers a broad range scientific disciplines, and is carried out across the United States in over 120 labs within 9 Area Offices. This site map is provided to help you locate the research, or other information you may require.
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Research Programs
(National Program Staff)
Food Animal Production (National Program 101)
  • Animal Germplasm
  • Animal Genome
  • Reproductive Efficiency
  • National Animal Germplasm Database
  • Animal Gene Bank/Repository

Animal Health (National Program 103)

  • Pathogen Detection
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Epidemiology of Disease Host/Pathogen Interactions
  • Genetic Resistance to Disease
  • Disease Control Strategies

Arthropod Pests of Animals and Humans (National Program 104)

  • Ticks and Mites (cattle fever ticks, Lyme ticks, and scab mites)
  • Biting and Filth-Breeding Insects Affecting Humans
  • Biting Insects Affecting Livestock
  • Repellents for Personal Protection from Biting and Filth-Breeding
  • Arthropods
  • Household Pests
  • Structural Pests
  • Imported Fire Ants
  • Screwworm Eradication
  • Arthropod Vectors of Animal Pathogens and Vector-Pathogen-Host Interactions

Animal Well-Being & Stress Control Systems (National Program 105)

  • Scientific Measures of well-being
  • Adaptation and Adaptedness
  • Social Behavior and Spacing
  • Cognition and Motivation
  • Evaluate Practices and Systems To Improve Well-Being
  • Bioenergetic Criteria for Environmental Management

Aquaculture (National Program 106)

  • Genetic Improvement
  • Integrated Aquatic Animal Health Management
  • Reproduction and Early Development
  • Growth, Development, and Nutrition
  • Aquaculture Production Systems
  • Sustainability and Environmental Compatibility of Aquaculture
  • Quality, Safety and Vairety of Aquaculture Products for Consumers
  • Information and Technology Transfer

Human Nutrition  (National Program 107)

  • Nutrition Requirements
  • Diet, Genetics, Lifestyle, and the Prevention of Obesity and Disease
  • Nutrition Monitoring
  • Composition of Foods
  • Health Promoting Intervention Strategies for Targeted Populations
  • Health Promoting Properties of Plant and Animal Foods
  • Bioavailability of Nutrients and Food Components (e.g. phytonutrients and phytochemicals)

Food Safety (animal & plant products) 
(National Program 108)

  • Microbial Pathogens
  • Chemical Residues
  • Mycotoxins
  • Toxic Plants

Water Quality and Management
(National Program 201)

  • Agricultural Watershed Management
  • Irrigation and Drainage Management
  • Water Quantity Protection and Management

Soil Resource Management
(National Program 202)

  • Soil Conservation and Restoration
  • Nutrient Management
  • Soil Water
  • Soil Biology
  • Productive and Sustainable Soil Management Systems

Air Quality (National Program 203)

  • Particulate Emissions
  • Ammonia and Ammonium Emissions
  • Malodorous Compounds.
  • Ozone Impacts
  • Pesticides and Other Synthetic Organic Compounds
Global Change(National Program 204)
  • Carbon Cycle and Carbon Storage
  • Trace Gases
  • Agricultural Ecosystem Impacts
  • Changes in Weather and the Water Cycle at Farm, Ranch, and Regional Scales

Rangeland, Pasture and Forages 
(National Program 205)

  • Ecosystems and their Sustainable Management
  • Plant Resources
  • Forage Management
  • Grazing Management: Livestock Production and the Environment
  • Integrated Management of Weeds and Other Pests

Manure and Byproduct Utilization
(National Program 206)

  • Atmospheric Emissions
  • Nutrient Management
  • Pathogens

Integrated Agricultural Systems
(National Program 207)

  • Attributes of Integrated Agricultural Systems and Associated Projects
  • Strategies for Developing IAS Projects
  • Examples of Integrated Agricultural Systems in ARS

Plant, Microbial, and Insect Genetic Resources, Genomics and Genetic Improvement (National Program 301)

  • Genetic Resource Management
  • Genomic Characterization, Manipulation, and Genetic Improvement
  • Genome Databases and Bioinformatics

Plant Biological and Molecular Processes (National Program 302)

  • Analysis and Modification of Plant Genomes
  • Biological Processes that Determine Plant Productivity and Quality
  • Mechanisms of Plant Interactions with Other Organisms

Plant Diseases (National Program 303)

  • Identification and Classification of Pathogens
  • Biological Control
  • Cultural Control
  • Pathogen Biology, Genetics, Population Dynamics, Spread, and Relationship with Hosts and Vectors
  • Host Plant Resistance to Disease

Crop Protection and Quarantine
(National Program 304)

  • Identification and classification of agriculturally and environmentally important insects, mites, microbes, and plants
  • Investigation of the biology of pest and beneficial organisms
  • Understanding pest/host interactions and economic or environmental impact
  • Investigation of pest exclusion and quarantine treatment procedures
  • Development of new and improved pest control technologies
  • Integration of component technologies into IPM systems and development of areawide suppression programs

Crop Production (National Program 305)

  • Develop new knowledge and methods for applying principles and practices associated with traditional, organic, and new crop production systems, and evaluate integrated production management systems.
  • Develop new strategies for the control of bee parasitic mites, diseases, and other bee pests to reduce the use of chemicals and still ensure the availability of pollinators, and develop new technologies, including bee germplasm, for using bees as efficient pollinators and honey producers.
  • Develop efficient equipment associated with crop production, including traditional and organic farming systems, harvesting and tillage, irrigation, and develop systems, formulations, and application methodologies, and other cultural practices that will enable farmers to use selective agrochemicals with increased efficiency and safety. Establish knowledge and methodology for using transgenic plants and other pest-tolerant crops, and plant growth modifiers to improve yield and quality.
  • Develop models and other decision aids for production and protection systems to evaluate alternative biological, economic, and management components for crop production, stress tolerance, product quality, and environmental compatibility.

New Uses, Quality, and Marketability of Plant and Animal Products  (National Program 306)

  • Ensure and enhance the quality, utilization, marketability, and value of the Nation's agricultural commodities
  • Create new products and processes that will reduce the Nation's trade imbalance
  • Create new, and stimulate existing, agriculturally based economic activities
  • Generate jobs for Americans, many of which will be in rural communities
  • Provide healthy, safe, and affordable materials and foodstuffs
  • Improve the environment

Bioenergy and Energy Alternatives 
(National Program 307)

  • Reduce our Nation's dependency on foreign oil.
  • Decrease environmental pollution Enhance farm income.
  • Create jobs in the rural sector and elsewhere.
  • Utilize renewable agricultural resources
  • Alleviate America's trade imbalance.

Methyl Bromide Alternatives
(National Program 308)

  • Identification of disease, weed, and insect problems that limit agricultural production as a result of methyl bromide phaseout.
  • Development and demonstration of effectiveness of biological, chemical, and cultural alternatives to methyl bromide for control of diseases, nematodes, weeds and insect pests.
  • Development of improved pathogen identification and monitoring procedures.
  • Evaluation of existing germplasm for disease resistance.
  • Release of enhanced germplasm for control of pests currently managed by methyl bromide.
  • Development of methodologies that replace methyl bromide fumigation for stored durable commodities (tree nuts, dried fruit, grain, milled products, museum artifacts, etc.) for quality maintenance.
  • Development of methodologies that replace methyl bromide quarantine treatments for export of commodities including cherries, peaches, nectarines and other stone fruit, apples, grapes, strawberries and other berries, cotton, etc., and provide technical assistance to APHIS to gain acceptance of these procedures by our trading partners.
  • Development and refinement of technology to capture/recycle methyl bromide used in postharvest fumigations to reduce or eliminate emissions to the atmosphere.
  • Development of physical or chemical detection system for stored product and quarantine pests.
  • Development of alternatives to methyl bromide for fumigating food processing plants, flour and other mills, food storage facilities, and transportation carriers.
  • Development of emergency technology to replace methyl bromide to allow movement of commodities out of emergency quarantine areas caused by accidental introduction of exotic p
  • Development of improved methods to prevent the spread of quarantine pests into and within the United States including those used for population suppression, trapping and surveillance, and eradication.
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