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Hot Research Topics at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

A collection of articles from Agricultural Research magazine featuring research conducted at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

Agricultural Research is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's science magazine, published monthly by the Agricultural Research Service and also available electronically.

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Sorted by Subject
Animal Health | Biocontrol | Bioenergy | Chesapeake Bay | Climate Change |
Crop Diversity | Food Safety | Genomics | Historical Perspective | Honey Bees | Insect Pests |
Nutrition | Plant Biology | Sustainable Farming | Systematics & Collections | Turf Grass | Water Quality

Animal Health
Cracking Down on Poultry Disease with Egg Yolk
Strategies That Work: Alternatives to Antibiotics in Animal Health
The Poultry Pantry: Plums, Probiotics, Safflower, and Tea
A Family Tree for Toxoplasm
Why Are Chickens Getting Too Fat
Chickens Open Wide for Gelatin Bead Vaccine
Pigs Useful in Immune and Obesity Research
New Class of Animal Deworming Agent
Biocontrol Agents
Roundworms (and Their Bacterial Buddies) Rub Out Pests
Up Close and Personal With Tiny, Beneficial Wasps
Assessing Biofuels Sustainability: Economic and Biophysical Models Aid the Process
"Power PLants" Prevail at the National Arboretum
Chesapeake Bay
Federal Forests Still Protecting Chesapeake Bay After 100 Years
At ARS, the Atmosphere Is Right for Air Emissions Studies
ARS Chesapeake Bay Research Intensifies
Forested Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Revs Up
CEAP Choptank River Watershed Project
Climate Change
As CO2 Levels Rise, Plants and Humans Respond
Real-Life Time Tunnel Looks 50 Years Ahead
Extreme Weather Boosts Antioxidant Levels in Soybean Seeds
Potatoes Show Promise for Meeting Climate Change Challenges
Crop Diversity
Fruits and Veggies for Now and in the Future: Potatoes, Pepppers, Strawberries and Raspberries
Lemonade, Razz, and More! Wonderful Blueberries From ARS to You: New Blueberry Releases
The Delightful Domesticated American Blueberry: Some Research Challenges For Its Next 100 Years
Help for the Common Bean: Genetic Solutions for Legume Problems
Conserving Crop Diversity and a Way of Life in Ecuador
Gender Evolution in Strawberries, The Doorway to Enhanced Productivity
A Multifaceted Focus on Farms and Food
An Atlas for Guatemala, a Tool for Conserving World Crops
National Inventory Takes Stock of Crops' Wild Relatives
Food Safety/Security
ARS Scientists Study the Ins and Outs of E. coli
Safe Leafy Greens: Before & After Bagging
Bacteriophages as Novel Antimicrobials for Food Safety
Organic vs. Conventional Production: Measuring Microbes on Fresh Produce
Machine's Eye View of Poultry and Produce
Assessing the Risk, Retail Meat Analyzed
Advances in Protection Against Listeria
Our scientists respond to international agricultural problems that affect the United States
Using Genetics To Build a Better Tomato
Breeding and Genetic Change in the Holstein Genome
Cream of the Crop: Breeding Dairy Cattle
Healthy Chickens
Mapping Blueberry Genes
Genotyping for Tomato Quality
Mapping Berry Fruit Genes
Marking Genes for Better Beans
Genetic Evaluations Help Breed Better Bossies
Honey Bee Genetics Vital in Disease Resistance
Uncorking Genetic Bottlenecks in Soy
Increasing Disease Resistance in Common Beans
In the Battle of the Bulge, Lifestyle Can't Be Overlooked
New Tool for Improving Soybeans
Historical Perspective
Forum-At BARC, We've Only Just Begun
Celebrating 100 Years of Beltsville Agricultural Research
150 Years of Making History: USDA's 150th Anniversary May 15, 2012
ARS Experts as Firefighters: Our scientists respond to international agricultural problems that affect the United States
Honey Bees
Colony Collapse Disorder: An Incomplete Puzzle
Colony Collapse Disorder: A Complex Buzz
Improving Honey Bee Health: Coordinated Areawide Program Is Under Way
Insect Pests
ARS Works Toward Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Identifying Compounds To Help Control Bed Bugs
Barcoding Insects To Control Them
Barcoding Insects To Control Them
Innovative Ways To Fight Insect Pests
Getting Closer to Better Biocontrol for Garden Pests
Combating the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, A New Threat for Agriculture, a Nuisance for Homeowners
Working After Hours, A Nighttime View of Insect Predation
ARS Works Toward Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Identifying Compounds To Help Control Bed Bugs
Breadfruit: Not So Appetizing to Mosquitoes
The Pathways of a Shape-Shifting Pesticide
Mosquitoes Reveal a Taste for Repellents
Diabetes: Nutrition Research Tackles Widespread Disease, Extracts Hold Potential
Caffeine-Containing Botanicals in Dietary Supplements
New Values for Vitamin D in Foods
Database of Isoflavones in Foods Updated
Data That Works for Your Diet
Weighing in on Fats
New Cranberry Hybrid High in Antioxidants
Understanding Beta-Carotene Better
Better Living Through In-Depth Food Analysis
Plant Compounds Inhibit Blood Clotting
Monitoring Best Practices for Food Analysis
Monitoring Food-Supply Nutrients
Monitoring the U.S. Population's Diet
Nutrient Data in Time for the New Year
Digital Detectives Decipher Ingredients
An Improved Method To Estimate Calories
Assessing the U.S. Population's Sodium Intake
Dietary Products
Latest Update of USDA's Nutrient Database Released
Plant Biology
Understanding Signals and Controlling Growth in Plants
Taming Extreme Environments by Exploring Algae in Space
Plant Pathogens
Aspirin-Like Compound Primes Plant Defense Against Pathogens
Sustainable Farming
Algae, A Mean, Green Cleaning Machine
Rolling Rye; Guidelines Help Determine When's Best
Spying on Crop Residue
Hairy Vetch Boosts Tomato Phytonutrients
New Vetch for Northern Climes and Organic Growers
No Shortcuts in Checking Soil Health
Socking It to Strawberry Root Rot
Tough Trees Finding smart plantings for urban spaces
The Real Dirt on Biosolids as Soil Amendments
Systematics & Collections
Plant Germplasm, Preserving Diversity, Insuring Our Future
Marvelous Microbe Collections Accelerate Discoveries To Protect People, Plants-and More!
Archiving Parasites and Protozoa for Research, Diagnoses, and More
Our Invaluable Invertebrate Collections
Fungi Can Be Friends or Foes
Scientific Works of Art Reveal a Hidden World
New Reference Provides Uses and Origins of Economically Important Plants
Treasures of the National Agricultural Library
Taina Litwak: Insect Illustrator Extraordinaire
Turf Grass
The Greatest Show on Turf
Water Quality
A New Way To Map Drought and Water Use Worldwide
E. coli: Alive and Well, Probably in a Streambed Near You
ARS Validates Soil Moisture Data Collected Via Satellite

Agricultural Research is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's science magazine, published monthly by the Agricultural Research Service and also available electronically.

Agricultural Research Service Information Staff's Image Gallery - a complimentary source of high quality digital photographs.

Future student projects

Looking to complete an Honours project, Masters by research or PhD? Our school offers many fascinating possibilities for students who are interested in continuing their higher education journey.

We have expertise in agricultural economics, environmental economics, renewable energy, invasive species, the economics of conservation decisions, non-market valuation, food systems and agribusiness. Our staff are internationally recognized and have extensive experience in supporting and supervising postgraduate students.

Why undertake further study?

  • Able to take responsibility for a project
  • Able to manage your time and workload
  • Committed to realising your goals
  • Able to work to a high standard
  • Capable or working as part of a team

What type of topics are on offer?

Here are just some of the research topics you could study.

Should we have more underground power lines?

Underground power lines may cope better with extreme weather and are sometimes preferred for aesthetic reasons. However, the costs of building and repairing underground power lines can be high. This project will measure consumer preferences for different power systems and compare their costs and benefits.

Assoc/Prof Chunbo Ma

What are optimal pest management strategies for on-farm grain storage?

You will evaluate the costs and the benefits of different pest management strategies (chemical and non-chemical) in on-farm grain storage facilities. This requires you to work with farmers to assess the effectiveness, cost, and financial return of different strategies.

Dr Fiona Gibson
Assoc/Prof Benedict White

Mine site restoration planning

Mining companies are required to restore old mine sites after use. But there are different ways to organise mine site restoration which will influence its effectiveness. How do mining companies plan for restoration, what type of restoration activities are undertaken at different types of mine, and what are the long-term consequences of different restoration strategies?

Dr Marit Kragt

Environmental economics in Nepal

Projects are available for students who are interested in Nepal or other developing countries. Topics cover community-based natural resource management, eco-tourism, payments for environmental services, and threatened species conservation.

Asst Prof Ram Pandit

Improving the system for biodiversity offsets

An offset is where developers are permitted to damage an environmental asset, on condition that they undertake other agreed environmental works elsewhere to “offset” the damage. You would address the challenges to developing effective offsets.

Professor David Pannell

There are many more!

A more comprehensive list of possible topics is available below. This list is not exhaustive and changes regularly. It is best to contact the appropriate supervisor for more opportunities. Some projects have scholarships or extra research funding available.



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