Since its release in 1991, Honeycrisp has been harboring a secret: its parents are a mystery. Originally billed as the child of Macoun and Honeygold, researchers quickly discovered that neither of these varieties were the parents of Minnesota's favorite apple. Now, 26 years after its introduction, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Applied Plant Sciences program graduate student Nick Howard has finally uncovered Honeycrisp's true lineage.
Blue and sunny skies took care of an early spring snow to make for a perfect setting on the 8th Annual Ag Awareness Day, April 11, at Northrop Outdoor Plaza. The event drew 1,500 visitors to increase awareness of the work being done by CFANS students and partners and to learn more about what goes on at the St. Paul campus's CFANS labs and classroom. Each year the Agricultural Education Club brings the world of agriculture to the middle of Minneapolis and members are responsible for coordinating the event, which includes dozens of interactive booths, many featuring live animals such as calves, pigs, llamas, sheep, and goats...all well treated.
More than 100 faculty, students, and fans of CFANS Animal Science (AS) attended the first “Connecting with U—Animal Science Showcase,” April 11 in the St. Paul Campus Cargill Building. Accomplishments by faculty, students, and alumni were celebrated during the program, highlighted by the presentation of the Golden Alumni Award to University of Kentucky Professor Merlin Lindemann, B.S. ’77 and Ph.D. ’81.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is committing an additional $5 million in new funding over the next two years to its Seeds of Native Health campaign. This raises the campaign’s funding total to $10 million and represents the single-largest coordinated philanthropic effort in American history focused on improving Native American nutrition.
The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) has awarded funding to eleven new research projects to identify and manage invasive species threats, in the continued effort to protect Minnesota agriculture and natural resources. The MITPPC is part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The funding for the eleven projects totals more than $4.5 million and was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) in the 2015 legislative session.
On March 21-22, participants from around the world gathered in Coffey Hall to discuss plans and prospects for the International AgroInformatics Alliance (IAA), a CFANS-MSI catalyzed international initiative. The IAA partners, with leadership from Philip Pardey, Jim Wilgenbusch, and Kevin Silverstein, worked towards finalizing suitable governance, membership, and operational structures. The group also outlined plans for the novel data sharing platform IAA has under construction, and discussed a suite of ever-expanding tools that will be made available to IAA partners – including those that enable data cleaning, crop pedigree analysis, and data visualization and inter-connectivity apps.
After four weeks of voting, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was named the winner of the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award as Best Botanical Garden in the country.
“We already knew we were the best but now the whole country knows it too,’’ Arboretum Director Pete Moe said. He credited the staff, Arboretum members and social media fans for bringing the Arboretum to the top of the leaderboard.
Data from satellites orbiting the Earth are helping us understand the complexities of our atmosphere. Department of Soil, Water, and Climate Professor Dylan Millet will be the lead investigator on a new NASA-funded project using data from the Suomi-NPP and Aura satellites.
The University of Minnesota announced today the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship, a new initiative to attract and retain more students from Greater Minnesota, funded through private donations.
As we head from spring into summer, forest managers are drilling deeper into their management plans and likely will be considering recent bat research reported by the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). A report based on data collected last summer by several researchers at the Cloquet Forestry Center offers insights about bat species and where they roost. The data is critical to learning how to manage forests during the crucial summer period for young bats.