||Cuphea in bloom.
||Fifty-five percent of dried kenaf stalks will be used to make paper. Waste products from the process can be made into fertilizer and feed binder.
||Plywood panels glued with a soy flour-based foamed adhesive, which is more environmentally friendly and less costly than the plywood industry's current glue.
||At USDA's Henry A. Wallace Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center, the ARS National Visitor Center tour bus fueled with soy-based biodiesel passes a soybean field ready for harvesting. While USDA leads the way in using biofuels for vehicles and heating buildings, ARS scientists work to improve the production efficiency of soy diesel, ethanol, and other biofuels.
||As part of the ridge-tillage system practiced at the John Van Meter farm, OSU assistant farm manager Wayne Lewis cultivates for weed control in soybeans.
||Daisylike flower, Leucanthemum vulgare
||Biologist Craig Cavin examines safflower leaves inoculated with Puccinia carthami (left), an indigenous safflower pathogen, and Puccinia jaceae (right), a candidate for biological control of yellow starthistle.
||Alpine pennycress doesn't just thrive on soils contaminated with zinc and cadmium it cleans them up by removing the excess metals.
||Plant physiologist Carroll Vance evaluates roots of alfalfa, Medicago truncatula, as part of his efforts to help the crop fix more nitrogen and take in more phosphorus.
||Geranium sanguineum, in the herb garden at the U.S. National Arboretum.
||Fragaria x ananassa
||Sweet, juicy strawberries not only taste good, they're also full of nutrition. Low in calories and carbohydrates, the raw fruit is a good source of fiber potassium, iron, and vitamin C.