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ARS scientists in Healthy Processed Foods (HPFR) and the National Clonal Germplasm Repository (Davis, CA) identified the best cultivars for making dried chip-style persimmons, so that this California fruit may be enjoyed year round. Learn more at the HPFR persimmon project website.
Scientists in the Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention Research Unit developed a highly sensitive T-cell assay for detecting staphylococcal toxin in food. The new assay is faster, more sensitive and less expensive than animal model tests. More
Read about WRRC's efforts to develop guayule, a desert shrub native to the southwestern US and northern Mexico, as a viable source of non-allergenic domestic latex. Bioproducts Research Unit scientists are improving guayule's latex production and partnering with industry for field evaluation of test plants.
Thanks to research by plant physiologist Merle Weaver at WRRC, tomorrow's tomatoes may have less water and more solids. The fiber-rich concentrate becomes the starting point for most of the other tomato-based foods at your market. Learn more about how USDA supports cutting edge science and innovation.
Inspired by the USDA's People's Garden Initiative, the Agricultural Research Service (WRRC and PGEC) and Forest Service in Albany, CA, maintain an educational community outreach garden, with help from Ocean View Elementary School students. Click image to visit our garden's homepage.
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Public transit options: See http://511.org for directions; enter "WRRC Buchanan Street 94710" as the destination in the Trip Planner.
The Western Regional Research Center is located in Albany, CA and is part of the Pacific West Area.
The Acting Center Director is Paul Pratt.
USDA, ARS, WRRC
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710