By Sandra Avant
October 20, 2014
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This semi-annual online newsletter is a compilation of ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.
Twice a year, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue features research to help keep rainbow trout healthy by breeding for disease-resistant fish and producing plant-based fish feed ingredients that are high in protein.
Other research highlighted in this issue includes the following:
• ARS scientists discover mosquito taste receptor that is sensitive to insect repellents.
• Study shows that a bacteria-derived protein kills intestinal roundworm larvae in pigs.
• Years of USDA data give insight to how seasonal weather patterns affect cattle production.
• Researchers synthesize the chemical structure of a pheromone used by brown marmorated stink bugs to attract others.
Professionals interested in animal health issues might want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects such as nutrition or parasites.
The site also provides complete contact information for the 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).