Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Assistant Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds.
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.
There was no ring kissing, but there was a lot of listening and conversation among the participants and presenters who gathered February 27-March 1 in Vatican City for a Workshop on Biological Extinction, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. CFANS Regents Professor and Fesler-Lamper Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics Stephen Polasky presented "How Do We Stem Biodiversity Loss?" with Gretchen Daily of Stanford and with whom he co-founded the Natural Capital Project (NCP). Experts from around the world addressed the theme How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend.
Department of Animal Science Molecular Genetics Professor Emeritus Abel Ponce de León coauthored a study just published in Nature Genetics detailing strides taken in genome sequence assembly. The research team's results demonstrate the current state of the art for de novo genome assembly using the domestic goat.
Leanna Leverich, a second-year master's degree candidate in the Applied Plant Science Graduate Program, has been awarded The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) 2017 Future Leaders in Science Award. Leverich is one of 18 graduate student members who will receive the award in recognition of her interest and engagement in science advocacy.
The Governor's Town Hall Water Summit was held Jan. 27 at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and focused public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota's water supplies — in both rural and urban areas of the state — and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. It will brought together local government leaders, farmers, students, environmentalists, businesses, and a wide variety of other stakeholders. Staff from WCROC, the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, and Extension collaborated to staff space where participants could learn about the rich offerings and work offered by the University and CFANS.
In October 2016, Mateus Batistella began a 12 month assignment as a visiting scholar in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, St Paul. In addition to his Belmont Forum and related research activities, Mateus is serving as the founding local facilitator of Labex-Flex, a novel University of Minnesota-Embrapa collaborative research partnership. Embrapa is the Brazilian equivalent to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics Assistant Professor Candice Hirsch has been named one of eight young faculty members to the 2016 Class of DuPont Young Professors. Recognizing promising research talent, the company will provide this group of international faculty with more than $350,000 during the next two years to support their research that advances basic science knowledge to address global challenges in food, energy, and protection.
The University of Minnesota Departments of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Bioproducts and Biosystems, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are part of a national consortia seeking to address key challenges in energy intensive manufacturing process industries in the United States by bringing its expertise in pulp and paper, food and bio-based industry to the country's 10th Manufacturing U.S.A. Institute.