A team of scientists in the Agricultural Research Service's Livestock Issues Research Unit
(LIRU) in Lubbock, Texas, Mississippi State University (MSU), and Texas AgriLife Research--a member of the Texas A&M University System--are studying interrelationships of stress and cattle temperament with transportation, immune challenges, and production traits.
Morrow-Tesch is with the ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit
in Lubbock, and the project is part of ARS' national research drive to improve animal handling practices.
Edrington, with the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in College Station, Texas; ARS animal scientist and research leader Jeffery Carroll with the Livestock Issues Research Unit
in Lubbock, Texas; and John Arthington at the University of Florida in Ona.
With the help of Scot Dowd, then working as a microbiologist with the ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit
at Lubbock, Acosta-Martinez adapted new DNA technology, called "pyrosequencing," for analysis of microbial species diversity in soil.