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May 23 2023

USDA, University of Kentucky Break Ground on New Forage Research Building       

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new research facility, known as the Forage-Animal Production Research Unit (FAPRU), on the University of Kentucky campus. The ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (UK-CAFE), which will house the new facility.

May 16 2023

A Purrr-fect Use for Soy Waste?      

Steve Vaughn, a plant physiologist with the ARS center's Functional Foods Research Unit, said the team began researching biobased cat litter formulations after learning of pet owner interest in alternatives to sodium bentonite, an absorbent swelling clay used in traditional clumping litters.  

April 25 2023

Keeping Corn from Frequenting the Phosphorus Buffet Line    

Chad Penn, a soil scientist with the ARS National Soil Erosion Laboratory in West Lafayette investigate the corn plant's gluttonous appetite for phosphorus, also known as "luxury consumption." Up until recently, though, corn's luxury consumption had only been demonstrated in studies with nitrogen and potassium.

April 19 2023

USDA-ARS Names Two Scientists to Hall of Fame         

A research chemist. George F. Fanta (retired), at the ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research's Plant Polymer Research unit in Peoria, Illinois, led the development of industrial and consumer-health products derived from agricultural commodities, particularly corn starch and wheat flour. Fanta's scientific creativity also extended to adopting existing procedures to create new biobased products. Most notably, he developed cost-effective steam-jet cooking methods used to create a variety of new and useful functional food properties. 

February 22 2023

Bioluminescence May Shine Light on Roundworm Secrets        

Even though roundworms are nearly too small to be seen, they can pose major problems in corn, soybean, peanut and other crops. Collectively, these roundworms are known as plant-parasitic nematodes, and they cause $173 billion in crop losses worldwide each year. ARS Scientist, Leslie Domier and Glen Hartman, both plant pathologists (retired) with the ARS Soybean/Maize Germplasm, Pathology, and Genetics Research unit, studied to assist with on going research.

February 2 2023

Strengthening Sorghum Against a Worldwide Fungal Threat         

A gene discovered by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Purdue University scientists could help fortify the defenses of sorghum to anthracnose, a disease of the cereal grain crop that can inflict yield losses of up to 50 percent. Matthew Helm and a team of Purdue University scientists led by Demeke Mewa have begun to close this gap. They identified a disease-resistance gene that orchestrates a series of defense responses to early infection by the anthracnose fungus, preventing its spread to the rest of the plant and grain heads.


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