Scientists play a significant role in World War II:
A new group of pesticides safer for humans--DEET, DDT, Rotenone, Allethrin--is developed. The aerosol spray application method is also developed. This research helps keep soldiers safe from ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and fleas and the diseases they can spread.
Mildew- and rot-proof fabrics and bandages are developed.
Improved methods for dehydrating meat for lend.lease and military use are invented.
Developed the use of vermiculite as a soil-less medium for producing fresh produce where suitable soil is unavailable.
The first daily human nutrition guide is published which is used to develop the military K-rations.
2,4-D is developed as a selective herbicide. It remains one of the most effective and safest broad leaf herbicides available and is one of the major components of today's lawn herbicides.
An airport is constructed on Beltsville property for military use.