Large or small, herbivorous animals such as red deer, marmots, mice, snails and insects, play a central role in grassland ecosystems. According to a University of Minnesota study in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), without these herbivores, ecosystems become unstable.
The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a three-year, $1.43 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance machine learning techniques to better monitor global agricultural and environmental change—a practice that can help society address the challenges of adapting to a changing climate, managing land use and natural resources, and sustainably feeding a growing population.
Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year. As I walk through campus, I am struck by your energy and sense of anticipation brought on by a new school year. No doubt, your year will be filled with tremendous opportunities and challenges, both important to shaping your future and to helping you reach your full potential.
To the more than 700 persons attending the Sustainable Development Goals Conference at Wageningen University in the Netherlands on August 30, the World Food Prize Foundation announced that Dr. Matthew Rouse, a researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, is the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation.
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.