David Baumler

The Good, the Bad and the Microbiome

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.
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Joe Knight

High Tech, High Touch

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.
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Paul Venturelli

Hook, Line and Sinker

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.
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Brad Heins

Dairy Green

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.
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Ce Yang

Get the Picture

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.
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Candice Hirsch

Data Fields

Candice Hirsch and her team hand-pollinate stalks of corn in their nursery plots on campus to guarantee control of the genetic variations to test in future years. Each new cross brings them closer to identifying genome markers for beneficial traits.
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Anup Kollanoor Johny

Birds-Eye View

Anup Kollanoor Johny looks for alternative ways to deal with pathogens that get in the way of safe, sustainable poultry production.
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Jason Hill

Fuel for Thought

By leading the drive for a new major in sustainability systems management, Jason Hill aims to deliver graduates who understand that greater global demand for energy, land, water and other raw materials are forcing us to rethink how we use our resources for the greater good.
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Julie Grossman

Digging Deep

Julie Grossman passes along to students her passion for healthy soils and plants through a service-learning approach that links her classroom to local community partners working to increase access to food in marginalized Twin Cities communities.
Digging Deep >>

Jason Beddow

Investing in Food Security

Jason Beddow's research aims to put agricultural production, productivity and food security in context by applying microeconomic insights at the meso-scale.
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Rebecca Swenson

Telling Stories

Keeping up with rapidly changing technology is key for future communicators in agriculture and natural resources, Rebecca Swenson says, and she requires her students to try new approaches.
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Graduate students

Graduate Profiles

Seventeen graduate students and post-docs are featured—briefly—in these pages, and their profiles are intentionally interspersed with faculty from different disciplines. It’s a reflection of the idea that the future depends on the kinds of unexpected connections that can be made in a college like CFANS.
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