Congratulations to Brett Barney and Simo Sarkanen, faculty in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries. Barney and graduate students Carolann Knutson and Mary Plunkett were awarded a patent for a genetically-modified diazotrophic microbe and methods involving the same microbe. Sarkanen and team members Yi-ru Chen-Sarkanen and Yun-Yun Wang were awarded a patent for lignin-degrading methods.
Good things happen when people who love trees get together. You can imagine how many tree jokes and puns “leaf out.” Every March, these tree-lovers gather for the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, the largest regional conference dedicated to tree care and urban forestry in the country. This year marked the 56th annual Shade Tree Short Course with a record attendance of over 1,300 people on the campus of Bethel University.
With Emerald ash borer being a new visitor to Minneapolis, the importance of urban forestation and the preservation of that new forest became even more important. Minneapolis plants thousands of trees each year, but has limited capacity to water all of them in their very important first couple of years. Brewing a Better Forest is a non-profit founded by U of M alumni who want to make sure these young trees get the water they need to survive.
Congratulations to Jim Boersma, recipient of the 2018 Renville County Distinguished Service Award.
A recently published study points to the role Bt corn has had in the low European corn borer (ECB) populations in Minnesota during the last 10 years. The study, in which the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources (CFANS) collaborated, brought together 40 years of data that quantifies the “spillover” benefits of Bt corn adoption across multiple crops for the first time.
The Department of Animal Science announces Bruce Behrends, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Industry and Bradley Johnson, Ph.D. as the winner of the Golden Alumni Award — Achievement in Academia. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes one alumni from industry and one alumni from academia for their distinction in their professional lives, recognition for outstanding contributions to animal agriculture, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in their respective fields.
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is excited to announce that Michael M. Schutz, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Professor and Head in the Department of Animal Science. Professor Schutz will join CFANS on June 11, 2018.
The next advancement in intense pulsed light (IPL) technology may be coming in the form of non-thermal pasteurization. Roger Ruan, Bioproducts and Biosytems Engineering professor, is leading a research project using IPL technology to reduce harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in dry or powdered foods.
Sentera, a Minneapolis-based supplier of technology solutions to the agriculture industry, has signed an agreement to bring University of Minnesota-developed corn nitrogen deficiency technology to the market. The technology allows growers to more precisely match applied nitrogen fertilizer to the optimal needs of the crop. Minimizing over-application of nutrients saves money; reduces the risk of fertilizer runoff into lakes, streams and rivers; and preserves crop yield.