Image description: Dennis W. Moss, a Biological Science Lab Technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Research Unit, performs a quality evaluation of safflower seeds in the germination bay of the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP).
The NCGRP acquires, evaluates, preserves, and provides a national collection of genetic resources to secure biological diversity.
Photo by Lance Cheung, USDA.
Image description: Mexican fruit flies (an invasive species) feed on citrus fruit.
A species is considered invasive when it is nonnative to the ecosystem and its introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proclaimed April to be Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. USDA has developed “Seven Ways to Leave Hungry Pests Behind” to aid Americans in protecting America’s agricultural bounty and natural beauty.
Learn more about what you can do to stop pests.
Photo by Jack Dykinga, Bugwood.org.
Image description: An Afghan farmer shows a diseased plant to U.S. Army 1st Lt. Tara Robertson, a Minnesota Army National Guardsman serving with the Zabul Agribusiness Development Team in Zabul province, Afghanistan. The team features Minnesotan citizen-soldiers with expertise in agribusiness, such as veterinarians, hydrologists, and livestock specialists.
Image by Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer, courtesy of the Department of Defense.