August 30, 2018

CFANS welcomes a new academic advisor, Grant K. McCormack, to the team.

Grant McCormack
August 24, 2018

For two high schoolers, Juma and Ava, their summer internship landed them in the Department of Forest Resources’ hydrology lab. More than a paid experience, their placement in the lab was part of the YWCA Minneapolis’ Girls Inc. Eureka! Program. Eureka! is a five-year, summer and school-year STEM program that engages and empowers girls to see themselves as future leaders, learners, and creators of change.

Juma and Ava hard at work
August 14, 2018

Researchers from the University of Minnesota (UMN) have developed a method to screen and identify harmful or antibiotic-resistant bacteria within one hour using a portable luminometer. Traditional diagnostic methods often require complex equipment and lab work that can take days. The new method uses chemiluminescence, or the emission of light during a chemical reaction. It was developed with the food industry in mind and could also be used in healthcare settings.

Green and gold vials of liquid
August 7, 2018

The wait is over. This fall, Minnesotans will be able to get their first taste of the newest apple developed by apple breeding team at the University of Minnesota, First Kiss. 

First Kiss Apple
July 31, 2018

When he is not collecting insects and researching the habitats of bugs, University of Minnesota graduate student Eric Middleton can be found climbing walls, swinging from ropes and jumping over obstacles. Known as "Dung Beetle Strong" for his love of bugs, he will compete on the Minneapolis finals of American Ninja Warrior, airing on NBC at 8pm on August 20.

Eric Middleton with hissing cockroaches
July 26, 2018

The Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) is pleased to welcome Will Zorrilla as the associate director of Oat Global. Oat Global is a public-private partnership committed to improving resilience, quality, and value of oat by coordinating precompetitive research, breeding and extension on a global scale. Led by the SBC, Oat Global comprises worldwide participants from academia, governments, industry, and oat commodity and other stakeholder groups.

Will Zorrilla profile picture
July 24, 2018

Anup Kollanoor Johny, Ph.D. (pictured, right), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota was selected for the Outstanding Service Award (Food Microbiology Division) from the The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This award annually recognizes one of its active members who strive to advance the division specialty’s field of research or industry or has a long history of service to the Division.

Anup Kollanoor Johny
July 19, 2018

This summer, we would like to introduce three new staff members who joined the CFANS family: Kathy Krum, Tim Loesch, and Barb Thees.

July 19, 2018

While salt is common and inexpensive to purchase, it can have a high environmental cost, as elevated chloride levels are toxic to many plant and aquatic species. Researchers at the Water Resources Center created a chloride budget for the state of Minnesota to estimate how much chloride enters the environment annually from household water softener use and other major sources.

Industrial water purifier
July 17, 2018

Farmers and plant breeders can now build their own automated field camera track system to collect data on dynamic plant traits, such as crop lodging and movement, as it’s happening in the field to help reduce losses in crop yield.

The constructed system taken earlier the summer of 2018. Credit: Alex Susko



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