Jimmy Zumba, PhD, MBA, spent 18 months with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program (USDA ARS RPP) at the Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, investigating the application of Near Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy to the cotton fiber and textile industry. Learn more about Jimmy's experience.
In the USDA-ARS Research Participation Program, Dhondup Lhamo, a doctoral student in plant biology at the University of California, Berkeley, studied ways to enhance the properties of natural rubber from the North American guayule plant. The shrub is being investigated as a domestic alternative to petroleum-based synthetic rubber or costly rubber tree imports. Read more about Dhondup.