David Baumler’s lab tests exotic and rare chili peppers from all over the world for their antimicrobial properties against numerous foodborne microbial pathogens. The lab has more than 100 types of chili peppers and 130 types of chili pepper leaves ready for examination, including some of the hottest in the world.
The Good, the Bad and the Microbiome >>
Joe Knight is director of the Remote Sensing Geospatial Laboratory, which has classified and mapped the land and tree cover for Minnesota cities using satellite and point-cloud data. The maps help urban areas plan for environmental challenges such as reducing stormwater runoff, conserving energy, improving air quality and enhancement of community vitality.
High Tech, High Touch >>
Paul Venturelli is a collaborator in a cross-disciplinary team at the U of M focused on research and workforce development in aquaponics, or the integrated, year-round growing of aquatic animals with plants. He’s involved in research about food safety, fish disease and profitability, and co-teaches an undergraduate course in aquaponics production.
Hook, Line and Sinker >>
Researchers in the renewable energy and dairy programs at the WCROC are using energy efficiency improvements and clean energy systems to audit energy consumption, install and test energy-efficient milking systems and develop thermal energy production and storage, all with the goal of establishing a model “net-zero” energy dairy parlor.
Dairy Green >>
Ce Yang and her Ph.D. students, Tyler Nigon and Ali Moghimi, apply advanced ideas of robotics, remote sensing, data mining and information technology into precision agriculture using tools that include an unmanned aerial vehicle, unmanned ground vehicle, video camera, multispectral camera, hyperspectral camera, DGPS and various electrical, optical or chemical sensors.
Get the Picture >>