Suresh Kuchipudi, associate professor of virology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, conducted research to determine if little brown bats can be asymptomatic carriers of avian and human influenza viruses. Here, he infects cells with influenza virus as part of those studies. Image: Sanjana Kuchipudi
Suresh Kuchipudi, associate professor of virology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, conducted research to determine if little brown bats can be asymptomatic carriers of avian and human influenza viruses. Here, he infects cells with influenza virus as part of those studies.

USDA research yields big results in food safety

Overview of USDA research efforts highlights new discoveries in food safety, including against salmonella and campylobacter.

U.S. Department of Agriculture research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications in the 2016 fiscal year. These innovations included an anti-cancer drug derived from omega-3 fatty acids, sensors to help prevent bridge collapses, gene-silencing technology that controls mosquito populations and handheld imaging tools to detect meat contamination.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released USDA’s annual "Technology Transfer Report," which lists the technology pr

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