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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.