Monday, December 5, 2016

USDA Investments Result in Patents, Inventions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released results of investments in scientific research, including 222 new inventions, 94 patents awarded and 125 new patent applications filed in 2015.

The USDA Annual Report on Technology Transfer includes new agriculture-related discoveries, inventions and processes made by USDA researchers, universities and small businesses with the potential for commercial application.

Highlights from the 2015 report include:
** A bio-refinery that turned a city landfill into an “energy park”
** Computer chips made from wood fiber
** Mosquito-resistant uniforms for U.S. military personnel
** A new biological control agent to combat a major citrus disease
** An on-line climate and weather tool to better manage farm pests and plant diseases
** Cost-effective solar-powered irrigation pumps for remote communities
** Flu eradication through genome editing in pigs
** Bacteria repellent cooking pan surfaces

** Robotic apple pickers
** Affordable tornado-safe rooms
** Virus-based fire ant control

The full 2015 Technology Transfer Report, as well as a look at previous USDA research and discoveries, is available at this website  

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