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ARS Efforts Should Help Ensure Our Wheat Supply

Dan Industry News Release, Research, Wheat

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their partners published a study that should boost efforts to develop new varieties of wheat that are better equipped to resist a fungal disease that threatens global wheat production each year. The report in Nature Genetics, by Guihua Bai and his colleagues identifies a key gene that could be used as an important genetic resource by wheat …

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UF Eyes Butterfly Pea as Natural Food-Color Source

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Research

It provides a natural food coloring. It gives nurseries another ornamental to grow and sell, and it might provide health benefits to those who eat it with their food. It is the Butterfly Pea, and University of Florida researchers are studying the flower to see if it will grow in Florida. Much of what we eat every day contains added …

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The USDA Announces New Vision for Animal Genomics

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Industry News Release, Livestock, Research

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) blueprint, published today in Frontiers and Genetics, will serve as a guide for research and funding in animal genomics for 2018-2027 that will facilitate genomic solutions to enable producers to meet increasing future demands for animal products by a growing world population. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the National Institute for Food and …

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Enza Zaden Field Day Features Watermelons and More

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research, Seeds, Vegetables

Growers and seed distributors had a field day Tuesday at the Enza Zaden seed breeding and field trials facility near Myakka City, Florida. The main attraction was the watermelon trials that include new varieties being tested and introduced into the market. Other trials added great flavor to the day’s tour and discussions, with multiple plots for bell peppers, mature green …

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Study Shows Peanuts as a Brain Food

Dan Peanuts, Research

A recent study published in the journal Nutrition, Health & Aging found the MIND diet, which was specifically developed as a dietary pattern to prevent cognitive decline. Tyron Spearman reports more information on this is provided by The Peanut Institute.

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Peanut Genome Sequenced with Unprecedented Accuracy

Dan Industry News Release, Peanuts, Research

Improved pest resistance and drought tolerance are among potential benefits of an international effort in which Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators have produced the clearest picture yet of the complex genomic history of the cultivated peanut. Scientists undertook this large project to better understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin the peanut plant’s growth and development, …

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More Peanut Research Funding in Georgia

Dan Georgia, Peanuts, Research

Last month, the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors met and approved research funding for the 2019-20 budget year. The budget increased to $653,901, as the board approved 35 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, …

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Weak Honey Bee Colonies May Fail From Cold Exposure During Shipping

Dan Industry News Release, Research

Cold temperatures inside honey bee colonies may cause colony losses during and after long-distance hauling, according to a preliminary study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Every year almost 2 million honey bee colonies—nearly two-thirds of the managed colonies in the United States—are loaded aboard semi-trailers and shipped across the country multiple times to pollinate crops like California almonds. But within days …