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.

Dr. Rafael Bisinotto and his team are working on a comprehensive assessment of hoof diseases based on description of specific lesions at various stages of lactation. They hope this will provides insight into how lameness affects behavior, inflammatory status, and specific reproductive parameters in lactating dairy cows.

Robert Craven and Kevin Klair and their team are working directly with farmers experiencing financial stress to understand their financial situation and explore options to keep their farm functioning. They will also develop resources to respond to financial downturns that impact ag production.

Dr. Julio Alvarez and his team are using records of isolates collected in Minnesota over the last ten years to characterize antimicrobial resistance determinants present in Salmonella serotypes of human and animal origin and of most relevance for public and animal health.

Piglets.Douglas Marthaler and his team are working to understand the genetic and phenotypic differences between Streptococcus suis strains. The proper identification and classification of S. suis isolates will enable veterinarians to make accurate evaluations of isolates associated with clinical disease.