Scientists are taking grazing to a new level by developing sheep that prefer or tolerate the bitter taste of plants.
Leftovers Make Good Fish Food
Rising costs and ecological concerns are driving the need to find new ingredients for farmed fish feed. ARS-funded researchers in Tallahassee and Fort Pierce, FL, home of the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, determined that clam byproducts and hemp fibers (byproducts of the textile industry) meet the nutritional needs of the farmed fish Florida pompano. Both products are plentiful and provide growth-promoting and healthy nutrients.
These findings will help manufacturers develop more sustainable fish feeds and create alternative revenue streams for other industries.
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Targeting Taste Buds, Targeting Grazing
Determining Risk of Avian Influenza
ARS researchers studied the transmission dynamics of avian influenza virus in disease outbreaks of both commercial and backyard flocks.
Protecting American Cattle From Ticks
ARS scientists collaborated to sequence and assemble the genomes of the ticks that cause cattle fever and anaplasmosis.
Liver and Onions - Hold the Abscess
Changes in cattle rumen associated with liver abscesses remain well after the early development of rumen acidosis caused by high corn diets.
New Ways to Sterilize Mosquitoes
ARS researchers collaborated with scientists from the University of Florida to develop a simpler method to sterilize mosquitoes.
Better Water, Happier Fish
Scientists found that fish raised in reused water faced significantly higher mortality rates that those grown in tanks supplied with fresh spring water.
Stopping a Deadly Virus at the Border
ARS researchers collaborated with Kansas State University to reduce the potential consequences of the Japanese encephalitis virus entering the United States.