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Orange TigerPaw peppers in glass jars and a straw basket on a wooden table.

The ARS developed TigerPaw-NR habanero pepper is highly resistant to many species of root-knot nematodes and is among the spiciest peppers ever developed. (Photo by Stephen Ausmus)

An elementary student shows a class how carrots grow.

November 8 is National STEM Day. ARS supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) for students. Above, an elementary student shows a class how carrots grow. (Photo by Peter Howard)

A ewe and two newborn Katahdin lambs

A newborn Katahdin lamb from the organic sheep research flock at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR is closely watched by its mom. (Photo by Erin Wood, D4723-1)

Red snapper on ice at a seafood market.

Red snapper. October is National Seafood Month. According to ARS studies, Americans should be eating more seafood which is rich in healthful natural compounds. (Stephen Ausmus, D4712-1)

A melaleuca leaf weevil walking on a leaf.

Meet Oxyops vitiosa, this cute little beetle is helping in the fight against invasive melaleuca trees in Florida, significantly reducing the plants’ flowering and growth. (Stephen Ausmus, k11495-1)

Orange daylily

Orange daylily and white beardtongue are favored by many gardeners and provide pollinators nectar and pollen. (Photo by Peggy Greb, D4504-1)

Bumble bee on a flower

In Logan, Utah, ARS scientists are conducting studies on bumble bee species of all shapes, sizes and colors to ensure their wellbeing and usefulness to agriculture. (Photo by Peggy Greb, D4655-1)

Three slices of fresh watermelon on a blue and white plate

Watermelon is a great summertime treat! ARS scientists have discovered that steam cleaning melons can make them safer to eat. (Photo by Peggy Greb, D4684-2)

A “Brood X” periodical cicada hanging on a tree, waiting for its soft new wings to harden so it can fly.

One last glimpse of an alien-looking Brood X cicada that lived underground 17 years, climbed a tree, shed its skin, waited for its soft new wings to harden and then flew away. (Photo by Steve Ausmus)

Woman buying carrots from female vendor at a Corona Farmers Market in New York

Corona Farmers Market in Queens, New York is one of the most dynamic and diverse farmers markets in the city and is steps off the subway and mass transit system. (Photo by Preston Keres).

Three nymph shells of the 17-year cicada on a linden tree.

Nymph shells of the 17-year cicada, which will return in 2038, on a linden tree in Maryland. (Photo by Peggy Greb, D4666-2)

A bowl of salad greens surrounded by slices apples, cantaloupe slices, whole cantaloupes, whole carrots and kale

ARS research is leading to new ways of keeping fresh-cut produce fresh and safe to the last bite. (Photo by Peggy Greb, D530-2)

Dairy cows

ARS scientists in Wisconsin are helping dairy farmers weigh the merits of using canola meal as a protein source for dairy cattle. (Keith Weller, K4328-14)

Beetles--giraffe stag beetle, Hercules beetle and king stag beetle

The Systematic Entomology Laboratory’s collection of 100,000 specimens can be used to identify harmful pests including these beetles--giraffe stag beetle (l), hercules beetle (r) king stag beetle (b).


There’s more to strawberries than just great taste and a pleasing color. They are also high in a class of health-promoting compounds known as “phenolics.” (Peggy Greb, D3073-1)

A sow with four piglets

Scientists are investigating an amino acid to help piglets cope with the stress of travel and avoid illness. (Photo by Steve Ausmus, D3097-1)

Rainbow trout hatching

Rainbow trout hatching at a research lab in West Virginia. Did you know a single female trout can produce up to 5000 offspring per spawn? (Steve Ausmus, D3996-1)

The National Capitol Columns in moonlight at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

Photo illustration of the National Capitol Columns at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. (Peggy Greb, D4454-2)

Red, purple, yellow and orange whole carrots

Carrots that reflect almost all colors of the rainbow! They're good for your health. (Photo by Steve Ausmus k11611-1)

Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly feeding on a pink Zinnia flower

An Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly feeding on a pink zinnia flower. (Peggy Greb, D3967-1)

 yellow oyster mushroom

The yellow oyster mushroom is both beautiful and edible. (Peggy Greb, D3218-4)

rose bud mite

An extremely small rose bud mite spreads the rose rosette virus that damages roses. The mite hides deep in the rose flowers and leaf buds. (Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit, D3677-1)