Toxic Nanoparticles?


Nanomaterials are increasingly used in water treatment, food packaging, pesticides, cosmetics, and other areas. There is a growing concern that these particles could pose a potential health risk to humans and the environment.  In a new study, researchers at the ... read more

Root Cause

Crops / R&D

A team of scientists from the University of Missouri, the University of Georgia and the Beijing Genome Institute have used next-generation sequencing to identify two genes — out of approximately 50,000 possibilities — that defend soybeans from damage caused by ... read more

Agricultural Biosecurity

Livestock / R&D

For most who recall the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak that swept through Britain in the spring and summer of 2001, those months can be boiled down to a single indelible image: A massive, smoking pyre of dead cattle, all culled ... read more

Good Things Are Coming in Better Packages

R&D / Technology

We are now well into the era of what’s called “active packaging,” and – like many technological breakthroughs – this one started with the military. Prior to the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991, the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and ... read more

Research, Education, and Economics


Before there was a U.S. Department of Agriculture, there was George Washington. In 1791, the president, a meticulous keeper of statistics about his and other American farms, conducted what is widely accepted to be the nation’s first agricultural survey: After ... read more