On the Plate Lunch

Learn about the research that nourishes you at lunch! Click on the hamburger, wheat bun, french fries, salad and strawberry milkshake to learn more.

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Beef

The U.S. leads the world in beef production. With $64 billion in farm cash receipts in 2016, cattle are the single highest valued commodity in our nation.

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Stories about Beef

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
E.coli Project Generates New Detection, Control Methods

After making strides in the detection and control of a dangerous microbe that has bedeviled the...

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Michigan State University
Estimating Effects of Genes: One Size May Not Fit All

For decades, animal breeders have benefited from databases of livestock performance information...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Feed Intake Study in Beef Cattle Could Lead to More Efficient Breeds

A change is coming to the cattle seedstock industry. Breed associations have long been interested...

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Kansas State University
Five Years Later: Researchers Say $25M Grant Has Increased Safety of U.S. Beef

One of the lead researchers in a $25 million grant awarded five years ago says the nation’s beef...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Having Cows Put Protein Into Milk, Not Waste, Is Researchers Goal

“On average, only about a quarter of the crude protein in a dairy ration goes to milk,” says...

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Husker-led E.coli Research Wins USDA Award

A seven-year national research project led by Nebraska scientists will be recognized Oct. 12 for...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lactation Sensation: Laura Hernandez Works to Improve Milk Production, For the Benefit of Both Cows and Humans

When the city girl decides to study lactation, she must first learn to milk a cow. Laura...

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Colorado State University
Revolutionizing Understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance With Genome Analysis

Antimicrobial resistant-microbes (AMRs) pose a serious threat to public health. AMRs are found in...

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Texas A&M University
U.S. Decline in Meat Protein Consumption Raises Concern for Texas A&M Scientist

A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with...

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University of Tennessee
UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems

Across the U.S., there is a growing market for organic forages due to increased consumer demand...

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Wheat

In 2016, wheat generated $8.9 billion in farm cash receipts. Wheat is the third-largest field crop produced in the U.S., the majority of which is used to produce bread flour.

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Stories about Wheat

Colorado State University
CSU Develops New Varieties of Wheat

As home to one of the nation’s best-known wheat-breeding programs, Colorado State University has...

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Texas A&M University
Drones Help Researchers Monitor High Plains Wheat

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research dryland wheat variety nursery near Bushland is being monitored...

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University of California, Davis
Fast-tracking an Improved Wheat Harvest

Fifty years ago, Norman Borlaug toiled for a decade to breed more productive varieties of wheat....

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Integrating Two Types of Crop Models to Predict the Effect of Climate Change on Crop Yields

Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields....

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Kansas State University
Kansas State University Researchers Help With Landmark Study of Wild Wheat Ancestor

Kansas State University scientists are part of a breakthrough study in which an international...

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Kansas State University
Kansas State University Researchers Using Gene-Editing Technology to Improve Wheat

Kansas State University researchers say their work to improve genes in wheat varieties using a...

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Purdue University
Optimizing Vitamin B1 Delivery in Food Products

In 1889, a physician studying beriberi (now called thiamin deficiency) discovered that the...

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Colorado State University
Study Led by CSU, USDA Finds National Plant Germplasm System Critical for Plant Breeding

Drivers heading south on East Drive or north on Mason Street in Fort Collins may not know that...

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Vegetables

Vegetables are part of a balanced daily diet and provide essential nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C, and folic acid. In 2016, the U.S. produced vegetables with a value of $19 billion.

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Stories about Vegetables

University of California, Davis
Beyond Nutrition: How UC Davis Research Is Expanding the Boundaries of Human Health

UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium fighting malnutrition and poverty in...

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Cornell University
Blocking Pathogenic Bacteria With Nanoengineered Surfaces

Foodborne illnesses can be caused by food coming in contact with bacteria on surfaces in...

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University of Florida
Creating an Early Detection System for Florida’s Diversifying Agriculture Sector

In Florida, agriculture is diversifying. Farmers in the state produce the most oranges,...

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Colorado State University
CSU Researcher Aims to Help Colorado’s Beekeepers With New Knowledge to Improve Pollinator Health

Arming Colorado’s beekeepers with new knowledge to improve pollinator health is the goal of...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discovering the Impacts of Flavonoids and Interpersonal Gut Variations to Improve Cardiovascular Health

The American Heart Association notes a recent study that showed millions of people worldwide...

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University of Florida
Do You Love Seedless Watermelons in the Hot Summer? UF Scientists Are on the Case

Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot,...

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Iowa State University
Engineers Make Wearable Sensors for Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water Use in Crops

Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time...

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Michigan State University
Enhancing Great Lakes Landscapes for Healthy Pollinators

Tiny but mighty pollinators are an essential contributor to many of Michigan’s high-value fruits...

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Texas A&M University
Feds Approve Wider Testing of Spinach Defenses Against Citrus Greening Disease

In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental...

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Texas A&M University
Field Trial Help Identify ‘Top Tomatoes’ for Texas Producers, Gardners

For more than a half century, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in collaboration with a...

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North Carolina State University
Fighting to Save Cassava

Cassava is one of the most important crops in Africa. It’s a starchy, potato-like vegetable used...

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Texas A&M University
Ground-Penetrating Radar Could Help Producers Dig Potatoes Early

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays,...

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Purdue University
High Tunnels Boost Yield, Along With Plant-damaging Insects

Growers of tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables can extend their growing season and increase...

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Cornell University
In Bee Decline, Fungicides Emerge as Improbable Villain

When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand...

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Washington University in St. Louis
Manganese Speeds Up Honey Bees

Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say “global...

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North Carolina State University
NC State Team Helped Growers Transition Away From Methyl Bromide

A recent news story by the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged an NC State research and...

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Cornell University
New ‘Tomato Expression Atlas’ Dives Deep Into the Fruit’s Flesh

From fried green tomatoes to pizza pie, the world savors the tomato across many stages of...

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New Mexico State University
NMSU Receives Grant for Integrated Pest Management Education, Research

With increased awareness that misuse of synthetic pesticides are a health risk, the...

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New Mexico State University
NMSU, NM WRRI Researchers Join Others to Help Address Water Scarcity Issues

Southeastern New Mexico is facing water scarcity issues, and with an increased demand for...

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Washington University in St. Louis
Plotting the Path of Plant Pathogens

In a sneak attack, some pathogenic microbes manipulate plant hormones to gain access to their...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Potato Beetle Genome Gives Insight Into Major Agricultural Pest

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry — and for...

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University of California, Davis
Reducing Cross-Contamination in Fresh Produce Processing

Dr. Nitin and his team are discovering multiple techniques to minimize cross-contamination, which...

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University of Tennessee
Research Shows Drones Could Help Crop Management Take Off

UT Institute of Agriculture Study Shows Devices May Improve Plant Stand Assessment

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Colorado State University
Study Led by CSU, USDA Finds National Plant Germplasm System Critical for Plant Breeding

Drivers heading south on East Drive or north on Mason Street in Fort Collins may not know that...

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Dairy

Dairy products are an excellent source of nutrients, vitamin D, and protein and are associated with better bone health, especially in children. Valued at $35 billion, there are over 40,000 dairy farms in the U.S.

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Stories about Dairy

Michigan State University
Estimating Effects of Genes: One Size May Not Fit All

For decades, animal breeders have benefited from databases of livestock performance information...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Having Cows Put Protein Into Milk, Not Waste, Is Researchers Goal

“On average, only about a quarter of the crude protein in a dairy ration goes to milk,” says...

Read More
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lactation Sensation: Laura Hernandez Works to Improve Milk Production, For the Benefit of Both Cows and Humans

When the city girl decides to study lactation, she must first learn to milk a cow. Laura...

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Purdue University
Rapid, Low-temperature Process Adds Weeks to Milk’s Shelf Life

A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present,...

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Colorado State University
Revolutionizing Understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance With Genome Analysis

Antimicrobial resistant-microbes (AMRs) pose a serious threat to public health. AMRs are found in...

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Potatoes

Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the U.S., contributing about 15% of farm sales receipts for vegetables. Over half of potato sales go to processors for chips, french fries, and other products; the remainder goes to the fresh market.

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Stories about Potatoes

Michigan State University
Enhancing Great Lakes Landscapes for Healthy Pollinators

Tiny but mighty pollinators are an essential contributor to many of Michigan’s high-value fruits...

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Texas A&M University
Ground-Penetrating Radar Could Help Producers Dig Potatoes Early

Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays,...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Potato Beetle Genome Gives Insight Into Major Agricultural Pest

The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry — and for...

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Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. The 4th top-selling fruit in the U.S., California produces 91% of U.S. strawberries, while Florida accounts for 9%, mainly in the winter months.

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Stories about Strawberries

North Carolina State University
NC State Team Helped Growers Transition Away From Methyl Bromide

A recent news story by the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged an NC State research and...

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University of California, Davis
Setting a Benchmark--Industry Upbeat About Revitalized Strawberry Breeding Program

Strawberry farmers and industry leaders say new science, education, and collaborations underway...

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