Environment and Sustainability Features and Impacts

Palmer amaranth was first detected in Minnesota in 2016, but even before it hit the state, University of Minnesota researchers and Extension specialists mobilized to help state agencies and landowners develop a plan to eradicate infestations before spread to new areas.

Eastern larch beetles are not new and, in fact, are native to Minnesota. They are found everywhere tamaracks grow, but throughout history, the beetles never posed a great threat and were largely ignored by forest entomologists. What has changed?

CFANS and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute have teamed up to drive the development of a next-generation agroinformatics data discovery, sharing and analytics platform dubbed GEMSTM

A team of University researchers were interested in exploring ways to improve the method used by the corn ethanol industry to create ethanol and its various coproducts. In particular, they focused on developing a way to extract the phytate during the production process.

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota recently examined how temperature extremes are affecting the well-being and economic value of turkeys

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have been exploring the invasion and ecosystem impacts of exotic earthworms in Minnesota’s forests for more than a decade. Recently, they extended their research to even colder climates.

In 2018, CFANS established the Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) to bring researchers and industry professionals together to help shape the future of plant proteins. The first of its kind in the nation, the PPIC is working to innovate how plant proteins are developed and used across the supply chain—from the land, to the lab, to the production chain. 

Researchers at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center partnered with the University of Minnesota Genomics Center and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute to analyze data and ultimately assemble and annotate the zebra mussel genome.

Researchers at the University’s Precision Agriculture Center have developed a novel approach that takes traditional nitrogen (N) modeling one step further by performing a secondary calibration using data with high spatial resolution. The software integrates remote sensing and crop systems model to spatially determine in-season N stress. 

Research shows with intermediate wheatgrass (IWG), farmers get access to a more sustainable cash crop that requires fewer inputs and is proving to be an increasingly desirable grain option for the food and beverage industry. New varieties of IWG, developed with MN conditions in mind, would further assist farmers to take advantage of all of the benefits of this new crop. 

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