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December 15 2005

Here's One A-MAIZE-ING Website
Article about MaizeGDB which was developed by Former Geneticist Carolyn Lawrence, Former Information Technology Specialists Trent Seigfried, and Darwin Campbell at the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit: Ames, IA. Former ARS Geneticist Mary Schaeffer also contributed and she was with the Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO.

December 8 2005

The Hills Are Sagging
Story on research analyzed by Former Soil Scientist Mike Linstrom (now retired), Soil Scientist Sharon Papiernik who was with the Soil Management Research Unit: Morris, MN. She has since moved to the Integrated Cropping Systems Research Unit: Brookings, S.D.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

December 1 2005

Biobased Plastic Flexes Its Muscle
Feature on research presented by Research Chemist Victoria Finkenstadt, Supervisory Chemical Engineer/Currently Midwest Area Director J.L. Willett, and colleagues with the Plant Polymer Research Unit - located at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL. Willett is now with the Office of The Area Director - Peoria, IL.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

November 25 2005

More About No-Till and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Article on research conducted by Soil Scientist Rod Venterea and colleagues at the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN.

November 10 2005

Study Probes Spread Of U.S. Corn Pest In Europe
Feature about research executed by Former ARS Molecular Biologist Kyung Seok Kim, and colleagues with the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit: Ames, IA. 

November 7 2005

Soy Set To Withstand Exotic Aphid
Feature on research contributed by Research Plant Pathologist Glen L Hartman and his colleagues at the Soybean/Maize Germplasm, Pathology, and Genetics Research Unit: Urbana, IL.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

November 3 2005

USDA Agency Grants License on Soy-Based Sunscreen
Feature on research developed by Chemist David Compton, Former Chemist Joe Laszlo, and colleagues with the Renewable Product Technology Research Unit - located at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

October 19 2005

Chemical Communiqué of Weed-Attacking Beetle Deciphered
Feature on research performed by Former ARS Entomologists Robert Bartlelt, Allard Cossé, Entomologist Bruce Zilkowski and colleagues with the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

September 19 2005

Sequencing Vital in Developing New Tests for Johne's Disease 
Article on research progressed by Research Microbiologist Judith Stabel, Veterinary Medical Officer David Alt, Research Microbiologist John Bannantine, Former Microbiologist Michael Paustian, and colleagues at the National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA.

September 14 2005

Wormholes - Yet Another Avenue for Pollution? 
Report on research achieved by Former Soil Scientist Martin J. Shipitalo and colleagues with (what is formally known as the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed: Coshocton, OH) the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

September 2 2005

Curbing What Goes Down The Drain
Article on research dissected by Soil Scientist Norman Fausey who was the head of the ARS Soil Drainage Unit (he is now a collaborator with the Unit); Research Leader Kevin King, Research Agricultural Engineer Barry Allred and colleagues with the Soil Drainage Research Unit: Columbus, OH.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

September 1 2005

Looking To Africa For Lessons In Dairy Farming
Article on research executed by Former ARS Soil Scientist/Agroecologist J. Mark Powell, and colleagues with the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, WI.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

August 29 2005

New Obesity-Fighting, Heart-Healthy Product Announced Today
Feature on research presented by Former ARS Chemist George Inglett, and colleagues with the National Center of Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

August 8 2005

Mapping Manure-Hungry Soybean and Alfalfa Fields
Article about research provided by Former Scientist Michael Russelle, and colleagues with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

August 3 2005

Golf Courses and The Environment
Article on research influenced by Research Leader Kevin King and colleagues with the Soil Drainage Research Unit: Columbus, OH. King and Chemist Pam Rice coordinated their research very closely to find results. Rice is with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

July 25 2005

Unique Software For Preventing Pesticide Drift
Article on research acquired by Agricultural Engineer Heping Zhu, Former Agricultural Engineer Robert Fox, and colleagues with the Application Technology Research Unit: Wooster, OH.

July 13 2005

New Test Leaves Fewer Places For Bad Bugs To Hide
Feature on research accomplished by Research Leader/Microbiologist Todd Ward, Former Microbiologists Brent Page, Cletus Kurtzman and colleagues with the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit - at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

July 11 2005

ARS To Be Part Of New Team Improving Cassava
Story about research implemented by Former ARS Molecular Biologist Edgar Cahoon and colleagues with the Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO. Collaborators included scientists from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO; and Ohio State University.

July 7 2005

Work Begins on New USDA Cereal Crops Lab
Article about new lab that includes quotes by Former ARS Administrator Edward Knipling who was with the Cereal Crops Research Unit: Madison, WI.

July 5 2005

TILLING for Heart-Healthy Soybean Oil
Feature on research fulfilled by Former ARS Biologist Rae Ritchie, Former Geneticist Niels Nielsen and colleagues from the Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

June 22 2005

USDA, Pioneer Hi-Bred To Automate Screening For Crops' Viral Resistance
Article on research featuring research advanced by Former Technician John Abt, Former ARS Scientist/Biological Science Collaborator Raymond Louie, and their colleagues at the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH. 

June 15 2005

Potassium: The Overlooked Crop Nutrient?
Feature on research organized by Former Research Leader Douglas Karlen, Soil Scientist John Kovar, and colleagues at the ARS Soil and Water Quality Research Unit: Ames, IA. Kovar is now with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment: Ames, IA. Iowa State University also collaborated.

June 10 2005

A Rare-Earth Approach To Tracking Erosion
Feature on research explored by Hydrologist John Zhang and Agricultural Engineer Mark Nearing. When they started their work they were both at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory: West Lafayette, IN. Zhang now works at the Agroclimate and Natural Resources Research Unit: El Reno, OK; and Nearing is with the Southwest Watershed Research Center: Tuscon, AZ.
Read the Article in AgResearch Magazine!

May 26 2005

Picking The Perfect Ear of Corn - For More Than 6,000 Years
Feature on research evaluated by Former ARS Geneticist Michael McMullen, and his colleagues at the Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO; Scientists from the University of California-Irvine, the University of Missouri, and the University of Wisconsin worked with McMullen.

May 16 2005

DNA Test Developed to Study, Combat Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat
Article on research featuring Research Leader/Molecular Geneticists Todd Ward, Microbiologist Kerry O'Donnell, Former Molecular Geneticist Dave Starkey, Former Microbiologist Brent Page, and colleagues with the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit - at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

May 6 2005

Laser Shows if Fruit's Beauty is Only Skin Deep
Article on research collaborated by Agricultural Engineer Renfu Lu, and colleagues at the Sugarbeet and Been Research Unit: East Lansing, MI.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

May 2 2005

Long-Standing Ohio Team Serves as Front Line for Corn, Soybean Viruses
Feature about research led by Former ARS Scientist Roy Gingery, in collaboration with Plant Molecular Biologist/Collaborator Peg Redinbaugh, and other colleagues with the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

April 29 2005

Prairie Towers Watch Carbon and Water Losses From Cornfields
Article about research influenced by Former Scientist Don Reicosky, Agricultural Science Research Technician Chris Wente who are both with the Soil Management Research Unit: Morris, MN.; Location Coordinator/Research Leader John Baker, and colleagues with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN.

April 22 2005

Giving Farmers Credit For Carbon
Article about research executed by Former Scientist Don Reicosky, Research Soil Scientist Jane Johnson, and colleagues with the Soil Management Research Unit: Morris, MN.

April 8 2005

Synthetic Pheromone Helps Scientists Sniff Out Biocontrol Bug's Whereabouts
Feature on research obtained by Former ARS Entomologists Robert Bartlelt, Allard Cossé, Former Scientist Richard Petroski and colleagues with the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

March 31 2005

Major Wheat Pathogen Chosen For Genome Sequencing
Feature on research accomplished by Research Plant Pathologist Stephen Goodwin and colleagues from the Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN.

March 30 2005

Bacteria-Based Production Method Patented
Report on work concluded by Chemist Badal Saha and colleagues with the Bioenergy Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

March 21 2005

Understanding Rye and Rice May Help Farmers Improve Wheat
Feature about work assessed by Former Plant Geneticist J. Perry Gustafson and colleagues with the Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO.

March 18 2005

Johanns Announces Expansion of BSE Research Program and Research Initiative To Improve Food Safety
Feature about funding which includes the National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA.

March 18 2005

Unraveling The Mystery of Modern Potatoes'
Article about research innovated by Botanist David Spooner with the agency's Vegetable Crop Research Unit: Madison, WI; his colleagues at the International Potato Center: Lima, Peru; and colleagues at the Central Potato Research Institute: Shimla, India.

March 15 2005

Company or a Snack? Letting Pregnant Sows Choose
Article on Research examined by Animal Scientist Jeremy Marchant-Forde, Research Leader Donald Lay, and Former Animal Behavioralist Ruth Marchant-Forde and their colleagues at the Livestock Behavior Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

March 2 2005

Anti-Stress Formula Gives Calves a Boost
Article on research performed by Research Physiologist Susan Eicher and colleagues at the Livestock Behavior Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

February 9 2005

Research Agency Announces Top Scientists For 2004
Scientists are honored with awards including Former Soil Scientist Michael Russelle who was with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN. Russelle was awarded with the "Area Senior Research Scientist of 2004." The "Early Career Scientist of The Year" was presented to Soil Scientist Sharon Papiernik who was with the Soil Management Research Unit: Morris, MN. She has since moved to the Integrated Cropping Systems Research Unit: Brookings, S.D.

February 2 2005

Genomic "Jigsaw Puzzle" For Wheat Scab Fungus Is Put Together
Feature on research contributed by Research Geneticist H. Corby Kistler and other Scientists with the Cereal Disease Laboratory: St. Paul, MN.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

January 24 2005

Web Site Offers A Detailed Look at Legumes
Feature about research executed by former Geneticist Randy Shoemaker, and other colleagues with the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Laboratory: Ames, IA.

January 14 2005

Food-Grade Starch Put To New Industrial Use
Report on work uncovered by Chemist George Fanta with the Plant Polymer Research Unit, Research Plant Pathologist Frederick Felker who is with the Functional Foods Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.