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.
Linda Kinkel and JP Dundore-Arias were awarded a 3-year, $499,950 USDA-NIFA grant “Advancing Ecological, Evolutionary, and Mechanistic Understanding Of Natural And Induced Suppressive Soil Microbiomes”.
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.
Working in collaboration with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and The Improve Group, the Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) has identified the three closed Food for Progress agriculture assistance projects that will be given a sustainability assessment.
Forest Resources’ Youth Engagement in Arboriculture (YEA) is a new outreach program that is bringing young people to great heights. The program aims to inspire youth to envision themselves in careers in arboriculture and urban forestry, starting with an education in CFANS. Department of Forest Resources staff partner with professional arborists, many of whom are CFANS alumni, to provide day-long tree climbing experiences for elementary through high school students.
Incoming faculty member in Agricultural Communication & Marketing, Garrett Steede, received the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Graduate Student Teaching Award in Ames, IA during their annual conference in June.
Two new professors, Troy McKay and Garrett Steede, will begin teaching in the Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing program this fall.
Fragmentation of landscapes and habitat loss—driven by urbanization and climate change—can put wildlife species at risk of extinction. Some ecological theory suggests habitat fragmentation may be beneficial to wildlife facing disease because populations of sick animals may remain isolated from healthy populations or dispersal might allow healthy animals to escape infection from otherwise sick populations. Findings in a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences run counter to previous disease transmission models’ predictions—suggesting that habitat fragmentation may promote disease outbreaks in some scenarios.