Researchers developed a forecast tool to determine which areas have the highest probability of a large rangeland fire.
Helping Small Farmers in South America Adapt to Climate Change
The Andean region of South America has one of the highest soil erosion rates in the world, which forces many smallholder farmers in the region to abandon their land. ARS scientists from the Soil Management and Sugarbeet Research Unit in Fort Collins, CO, collaborated with institutions to investigate practices that might help smallholder farmers increase sustainability of their lands and adapt to a changing climate.
This team studied practices such as maintaining the soil cover, using no till or minimum tillage, improving crop rotations, and performing better nitrogen management. They found that these practices reduced erosion, increased yields and economic returns, improved sustainability, and increased the potential to adapt to climate change. The team determined that conservation agriculture methods could help increase the food security and economic returns of 200,000 smallholder farmers in Ecuador.
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Predicting High-Risk Areas for Wildfires
Building a Better Honey Bee
ARS researchers are studying genetics and breeding to make honey bees more resilient.
Long Term Honey Bee Research Monitoring Network
A long-term honey bee monitoring network helps researchers to better understand colony performance and survivorship over multiple seasons.
Plant Diseases Hide Unexpected Places
ARS researchers examined rhododendron plants growing in native stands, looking for microbes that cause diseases that affect other plants.
Screening to Breed Superior Cotton
Scientists are producing new strains of cotton that offer both quality and abundance.
Improved Fall Planting Options
ARS researchers recently developed and released three new pea cultivars that can be grown in the cooler months.
How Healthy is Your Soil?
Researchers have developed a new, easier way to find the answer to the question, "How much carbon is stored in soil?"
Beneficial Wasp May Put Sting in Fruit Pest
ARS and University of California-Berkeley scientists are evaluating the potential of a parasitoid wasp to control the fruit fly, spotted wing drosophila.
Genes That Keep Tomatoes Fresher
Scientists have identified a tomato gene that's responsible for the softening process in the fruit as it matures, and found a way to inhibit the gene, keeping tomatoes firmer, longer.