On March 21-22, participants from around the world gathered in Coffey Hall to discuss plans and prospects for the International AgroInformatics Alliance (IAA), a CFANS-MSI catalyzed international initiative. The IAA partners, with leadership from Philip Pardey, Jim Wilgenbusch, and Kevin Silverstein, worked towards finalizing suitable governance, membership, and operational structures. The group also outlined plans for the novel data sharing platform IAA has under construction, and discussed a suite of ever-expanding tools that will be made available to IAA partners – including those that enable data cleaning, crop pedigree analysis, and data visualization and inter-connectivity apps.
After four weeks of voting, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum was named the winner of the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award as Best Botanical Garden in the country.
“We already knew we were the best but now the whole country knows it too,’’ Arboretum Director Pete Moe said. He credited the staff, Arboretum members and social media fans for bringing the Arboretum to the top of the leaderboard.
Data from satellites orbiting the Earth are helping us understand the complexities of our atmosphere. Department of Soil, Water, and Climate Professor Dylan Millet will be the lead investigator on a new NASA-funded project using data from the Suomi-NPP and Aura satellites.
The University of Minnesota announced today the Land-Grant Legacy Scholarship, a new initiative to attract and retain more students from Greater Minnesota, funded through private donations.
Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Assistant Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds.
As we head from spring into summer, forest managers are drilling deeper into their management plans and likely will be considering recent bat research reported by the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). A report based on data collected last summer by several researchers at the Cloquet Forestry Center offers insights about bat species and where they roost. The data is critical to learning how to manage forests during the crucial summer period for young bats.
There was no ring kissing, but there was a lot of listening and conversation among the participants and presenters who gathered February 27-March 1 in Vatican City for a Workshop on Biological Extinction, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. CFANS Regents Professor and Fesler-Lamper Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics Stephen Polasky presented "How Do We Stem Biodiversity Loss?" with Gretchen Daily of Stanford and with whom he co-founded the Natural Capital Project (NCP). Experts from around the world addressed the theme How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend.
Department of Animal Science Molecular Genetics Professor Emeritus Abel Ponce de León coauthored a study just published in Nature Genetics detailing strides taken in genome sequence assembly. The research team's results demonstrate the current state of the art for de novo genome assembly using the domestic goat.
Leanna Leverich, a second-year master's degree candidate in the Applied Plant Science Graduate Program, has been awarded The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) 2017 Future Leaders in Science Award. Leverich is one of 18 graduate student members who will receive the award in recognition of her interest and engagement in science advocacy.