Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

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.

Shelly wheat.Shelly’ is the newest wheat variety developed by the University of Minnesota and dates for touring demonstration plots have just been announced. 

Spotted Wing Drosophila by Bob KochBill Hutchison and his research team are exploring the best ways to control and manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in high tunnels growing raspberries. Their findings will be used to develop integrated pest management solutions for Minnesota growers.

Itasca Grape.The University of Minnesota is releasing its fifth cold-hardy wine grape and it’s named “Itasca.”

Since 2010, Bo Hu and his research team has worked to uncover the cause of foaming manure in swine barns and develop solutions for Minnesota pig farmers.

Close-up Morris Dairy Cows.Gerald Cramer and his team are working to determine the role of negative energy balance in the development of hoof lesions in Minnesota dairy herds. They will then develop a model to share any knowledge gains achieved in their research with the industry.

George Heimpal in soybean feildGeorge Heimpel and his team are exploring whether the widespread use of insecticidal seed treatments in soybean is limiting biological control of soybean aphid by parasitoids. Thier two-year project will include feild and on-farm evaluation. 

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