Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

Kevin Smith and his team are bringing together a unique mix of with ag researchers, ag engineers, and civil engineers in order to guide their development of a high-throughput field screening system for lodging.

Dr. Torremorell and her team are continuing to work on developing and providing recommendations to producers and veterinarians to control influenza in swine herds.

Christopher Philips and his team are working to gather data on the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and how it is affecting Minnesota apple orchards. As there is currently no data available in this area, they are focusing on providing provide knowledge that will aid in optimizing monitoring and control strategies for this invasive pest. 

Dr. Ly and his partners are working to develop and test a new vaccine for Hemorrhagic Enteritis. The new vaccine will be based on viral vaccine vector (Pichinde virus, PICV) a technology recently developed by their laboratory.

Sunil Kumar Mor and his team are studying the evolution and genomic constellations of newly re-emerging, lameness-associated turkey arthritis reoviruses (TARV) with a view to develop highly sensitive and specific diagnostic assays and to develop and evaluate safe and effective vaccines.

Anup Johny and his interdisciplinary team are building on previous research to understand the mechanisms underlying the efficacy of alternatives to antibiotic (A2A) interventions in combination against multidrug resistant (MDR) S. Heidelberg from the genomic-, microbiome and metabolome- perspectives.

Lee Johnston and his team at the West Central Research and Outreach Center are exploring ways to lower the carbon footprint of pork production by developing and evaluating innovative methods of using on-site renewable energy generation to heat piglets.

Timothy Johnson and his team are working to develop a tool called Minnesota Poultry Pathogen Population Analysis (MnPoPPA) for the assessment of pathogen ecology by poultry producers in Minnesota. They also plan to design modeling approaches that can be used to predict pathogen population shifts following implementation of a vaccine within a poultry producing system.

Bill Hutchinson and his team are working to determine how Spotted Wing Drosophila phenology and biology impacts production of cold hardy grapes in Minnesota. The results that are generated through this project will provide the basis for an effective Integrated Pest Management program for the industry.

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.

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