Environment and Sustainability Features and Impacts

Marla Spivak with beehive.For nearly 100 years, the University of Minnesota has conducted research on bees. In this impact video, entomologist Marla Spivak discusses how U of M researchers are currently working to address the changing needs of bees in Minnesota and beyond.

Tracy Twine.Tracy Twine's research  focuses on understanding and predicting how our use of land surface affects the cycling of energy, water and carbon between the land and atmosphere.

Wind to nitrogen conversion system at Morris.U of M researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center have developed a novel approach to address the state and Country’s need for nitrogen fertilizer while, at the same time, reducing fossil fuel usage and utilizing energy from the Center’s wind turbines.   #MNImpacts

Heterobasidion fruiting bodies on a tree.Robert Blanchette and his team are working on developing new diagnostic tools for Heterobasidion, a new disease that impacts conifer trees.

Dr. Bradley Heins explaining Morris's organic program to visitors.Bradley Heins and his team are working to reduce fossil-fuel consumption in dairy and swine production systems through renewable energy generation, energy conservation, and energy optimization.

Marla Spivak with a bee hive.U of M Entomologist Marla Spivak continues her fascinating research and community outreach on honeybees and the growing concern of colony collapse.  Through a combination of research and outreach, the “Bee Squad” is improving life for bees in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. #MNImpacts

Students looking for soybean aphids.George Heimpel and his team are performing controlled release experiments with soybean aphid Aphelimnus glycinis and exploring how Aphelimnus glycinis interacts with other soybean aphids.

Researcher on boat with invasive carpInvasive species, particularly carp, are putting Minnesota’s freshwater ecosystems at risk. U of MN researchers are exploring numerous approaches to successfully remove invasive carp from Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams with strong results already reported. #MNImpacts