Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

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.”

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. 

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.

Joanne Slavin.Joanne Slavin has worked at the since 1981.  Throughout her career she has focused on human nutrition, some of her most well-known research is on carbohydrates, especially whole wheat.

Patrick Redig and his team are working to develop and field-test a surveillance strategy for high-consequence viruses in wild bird populations. They hope such a system will allow the poultry industry and regulators to anticipate outbreaks and protect the agricultural industry in the future.

Angela Orshinsky.Angela Orshinsky and her team are working to fulfill a critical need for data related to tomato leaf mold and its potential impact on Minnesota grown tomatoes.

Christopher Philips.Christopher Philips and his team are working to develop an IMP decision-making tool and early-warning system for fruit growers dealing with the threat of the Spotted-wing Drosophila.

Sandra Godden and her team will conduct tests to explore if longer colostrum heat-treatment protocols will have a positive effect on preventing the transmission of MAP.