Research and Impacts

As a land-grant university, the U of M is committed to conducting research to improve Minnesota’s agricultural and forest products, horticulture, human nutrition, family and community, and environmental quality.

MAES’s multidisciplinary research explores the ecological, economic, and environmental interactions between the agriculture that feeds the world, the environment that sustains the earth, and the human interactions that support our society.

Food and Agriculture

Advancement of agricultural research was the initial call-to-action when the Hatch Act was implemented in 1887. Today, researchers continue to search for key solutions to provide safe, healthy, and economically and environmentally sustainable food sources for a growing population.

Horticulture

Research is at the heart of advancing horticulture understanding to develop new varieties and opportunities for future generations. Our researchers work on projects involving horticultural plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers with the aim of expanding Minnesota’s horticulture industry.

Environment and Sustainability

As environmental concerns continue to create new challenges, University researchers are committed to finding solutions for everything from forest conservation to developing sustainable cropping systems to discovering alternative and renewable energy sources.

Social and Animal Welfare

As society has moved away from the rural areas and into cities, U of M researchers have been ideally placed to explore the societal, economic, and personal impacts. From affordable urban housing to food safety and animal health concerns, researchers are exploring today’s important welfare issues and discovering solutions.

Swine housing facility at MorrisYuzhi Li and her team are exploring how to utilize Social Network Analysis to predict development of tail biting, and identify potential tail biters and victimized pigs. They hypothesize that tail biting behavior is a consequence of unbalanced or disturbed social structure, which can occur and spread through undesired social interactions.

Ian MacRae with his drone.Ian MacRae and his team are exploring the use of drones for remotely sensing crop stress. Their research will focus on evaluating the effectiveness of current technolgies and sharing their findings with agricultural professionals throughout the region.

Piglets.Fabio Vannucci and his research team are working to understand the shedding patterns of Senecavirus A (SVA) in the semen of experimentally-infected boars linked with the transmission by artificial insemination to sows and the subsequent impact on the production of piglets.  

Srinand Sreevatsan and his research team are working to develop a versatile, safe, and orally or intranasally administered vaccine platform against infectious diseases of animals based on purified target antigens adsorbed to alginate nanoparticles.