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December 24 2008

Defatted Soy Flour Eyed As Filler Substitute For Rubber Tires
Feature on Research executed by Lei Jong with the Plant Polymer Research Unit, and Jeff Byars with the Functional Foods Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

December 9 2008

Modified Lignin Has Potential Benefits For Ethanol, Paper and Feed
Story about research contributed by Agronomist John Grabber, Former ARS Plant Physiologist Ronald Hatfield, John Ralph (formally ARS now with the University of Wisconsin), and Former Geneticist Jane Marita - with the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center: Madison, WI.

December 4 2008

Know Your USDA Watersheds
Feature about Research Collected over the past 40 years from instruments on large watersheds across the country. Contributing Scientists included Jean Steiner (Director of the ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory: El Reno, OK), Laboratory Director Jerry HatfieldDavid JamesKevin Cole (with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA), and Cropland CEAP Coordinator John Sadler, and Teri Oster (with the Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit: Columbia, MO).

December 2 2008

Scientists Serve Up Mustard Meal To Tame Weeds
Report on work evaluated by Agronomist Rick Boydston with the ARS Grain Legume Genetics Physiologist Research Unit: Pullman, WA; and Plant Physiologist Steven Vaughn with the Functional Foods Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

November 26 2008

Experimental Plots of Pennycress Tested For Biodiesel Potential
Feature about research developed by Supervisory Research Chemist Terry Isbell and her colleagues with the Bio-Oils Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

November 20 2008

Corn Protein Polymers Inspire Diverse New Uses
Report on work performed by Former Chemist David Sessa who is with The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

November 13 2008

New Genetic Resources For Cereal Crops
Article on Research uncovered by Plant Geneticist David Garvin with the Plant Science Research Unit: St. Paul, MN.

October 28 2008

Paper Mill Waste May Be Just Right For Reclaiming Mineland
Feature that includes research founded by Former Soil Scientist Martin J. Shipitalo with (what is formally known as the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed: Coshocton, OH) now formed into the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH.

October 27 2008

Protecting Soils and Producing Biofuel With Corn Stover
Article on Research examined by Soil Scientist Douglas Karlen and his partners with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

October 16 2008

Retooled Approach May Make Bio-Based Butanol More Competitive With Ethanol
Report on work acquired by Research Chemical Engineer Nasib Qureshi and colleagues with the Bioenergy Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

October 10 2008

Producing New U.S. Energy Crops By The Barrel
Article on Research provided by Plant Physiologist Russ Gesch and colleagues with the Soil Management Research Unit - located at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab: Morris, MN; Gesch worked right hand with Supervisory Research Chemist Terry Isbell and her colleagues with the Bio-Oils Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

September 29 2008

Computer Program Eases Climate Change Research
Feature on research enhanced by Soil Scientist and Adjunct Professor Kurt Spokas with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN; and Research Agronomist Frank Forcella with the Soil Management Research Unit: Morris, MN.

September 25 2008

Making Fluorescent Markers For Corn Tissues
Report on research impacted by Research Geneticist Paul Scott with the agency's Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit: Ames, IA; and partners from Iowa State University including Colin Shepherd, Nathalie Vignaux, Joan Peterson, and Lawrence Johnson.

September 17 2008

A Model Farm For Emissions Studies
Article on Research contributed by Supervisory Soil Scientist Tom Sauer and Laboratory Director Jerry Hatfield with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA.
Read the Article published in AgResearch Magazine!

September 8 2008

New Crop Model Should Speed Resistance To Wheat Diseases
Feature about research analyzed by Plant Geneticist David Garvin with the Plant Science Research Unit: St. Paul, MN; and Former Geneticist John Vogel with the ARS Western Regional Research Center: Albany, CA.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

September 4 2008

New Fungal Finding Could Mean Better Bio-Insecticide
Feature on research explored by Microbiologist Mark Jackson with the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL; and Entomologist Stefan Jaronksi with the Pest Management Research Unit: Sidney, MT.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

August 13 2008

Profiling Protective Proteins in Dairy Cows
Feature about research progressed by Molecular Biologist John Lippolis with the Periparturient Diseases of Cattle Research Unit - located at The National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA. 
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

August 5 2008

Here's The Beef: Identifying DNA Markers and Traits
Feature about BreadChip Technology tools contributed by Researchers at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center: Clay Center, NE; and The National Animal Disease Center: Ames, IA. 
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

July 18 2008

Role of Earthworms in Soil Explored
Report on research implemented by Former Soil Scientist Martin J. Shipitalo with (what is formally known as the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed: Coshocton, OH) now formed into the Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Quality Research Unit: Wooster, OH; Scientists with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment: Ames, IA; and Former Scientist Michael Russelle with the Soil and Water Management Research Unit: St. Paul, MN.

July 10 2008

ARS and Seed Company Examine Commercial Potential of Ethanol Coproduct
Article on research impacted by Agronomist Rick Boydston and Soil Scientist Hal Collins (Prosser, WA); Plant Physiologist Steve Vaughn, Chemist Jill Moser, Former ARS Scientist Kathy Rennick, Chemist Fred Eller, Chemist Mark Berhow, Plant Physiologist Brent Tisserat and colleagues with the Functional Foods Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.

June 24 2008

Potassium and Potato Preparation
Story about research concluded by Geneticist Shelley Jansky, and Molecular Biologist Paul Bethke with the Vegetable Crops Research Unit: Madison, WI.

June 3 2008

Treating Hog Manure With Borax Cuts Odor
Article on research obtained by Scientist Terry Whitehead, Former Scientist Mike Cotta with the Bioenergy Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL; Michigan State University Scientists Melvin Yokoyama, Sue Hengemuele, and Robert Von Bernuth: East Lansing, MI.

May 21 2008

Researchers Identify Genetic "Fix" For Problems In Some Sweet Corn Hybrids
Story about research executed by Ecologist Marty Williams and colleagues at The University of Illinois, and the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit: Urbana, IL.

May 19 2008

Corn Rootworm Population Studies: Faster, Cheaper - And Just As Good
Report on research enhanved by Entomologist Tom Sappington, Former Entomologist Kyung Seok Kim with the agency's Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit: Ames, IA; partners from the North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (Brookings, S.D.); B. Wade French (with the Integrated Cropping Systems Research Unit), and University of Illinois colleagues Susan Ratcliffe and Lei Liu.

May 6 2008

Pollinators as Preservationists
Report on research uncovered by Entomologist Steve Hanlin, Former ARS Research Technician Sharon McClurg, and colleagues with the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station: Ames, IA.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

May 2 2008

A New Polymer Product From Soy Oil, Not Petroleum
Article on research implemented by Center Director Sevim Erhan, Chemist Zengshe Liu, and colleagues with the Bio-Oils Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

April 3 2008

Scientists Pit Bacteria Against Fungi To Protect Wheat
Feature on research developed by Plant Pathologist David Schisler and colleagues with the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

March 12 2008

Scientists Turn Cheap Beet Pulp Into Value-Added Plastics Ingredient
Feature on Research progressed by Victoria Finkenstadt with the Plant Polymer Research Unit - located at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL; and Linshu Liu with the Eastern Regional Research Center: Wyndmoor, PA.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

March 5 2008

Fresh Ideas From ARS Nutrition Research
Story about research accomplished by The Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit: Salinas, CA; The Plant Gene Expression Center: Albany, CA; and Vegetable Crops Research Unit: Madison, WI.
Read the Article on AgResearch Magazine!

February 13 2008

ARS Honors Technology Transfer Award Winners
Scientists were presented with awards including scientists at The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research: Peoria, IL were honored with Superior Efforts in Technology Transfer, under the leadership of Gregory Cote.

February 12 2008

Soil Scientist Wins Top Honor From USDA Research Agency
Scientists were presented with awards including Soil Scientist Norman Fausey was named "Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of 2007" and he was the head of the ARS Soil Drainage Unit: Columbus, OH; Molecular Biologist Kristen Bilyeu was awarded with the "Area Early Career Research Scientist Award" and she is with the ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit: Columbia, MO.

January 31 2008

ARS Scientists Settle Spud Debate
Story about research innovated by Botanist David Spooner and colleagues with the Vegetable Crops Research Unit: Madison, WI. 

January 29 2008

Grasses' Guardian Gene Found
Article on research analyzed by Scientists from Purdue University; Research Leader Steven Scofield and colleagues with the Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit: West Lafayette, IN.