Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

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.

Montse Torremorell and her team are working to provide and develop new recommendations to help producers and veterinarians control influenza in swine herds.

Bo Hu and his team are working to remove sulfide from swine manure pits with electrochemical systems. With this project, they hope to install a pilot system to evaluate sulfide levels reductions and emissions when using such a system. 

Anup Johny is leading a team of interdisiplinary researchers to develop a combined antimicrobial strategy to control Salmonella Heidelberg in turkey hens.

Marla Spivak with beehive.For nearly 100 years, the University of Minnesota has conducted research on bees. In this impact video, entomologist Marla Spivak discusses how U of M researchers are currently working to address the changing needs of bees in Minnesota and beyond.


'Bolles' wheat.‘Bolles’ is a promising hard red spring wheat released by the University of Minnesota’s Agricultural Experiment Station in January 2015. The variety’s outstanding characteristic is its very high grain protein content in combination with above average yield potential, a difficult combination to achieve.  


Brad Heins.Bradley Heins is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Animal Science and the West Central Research and Outreach Center. In his nearly
five years at the University, he has focused on organic grazing dairy and management at Morris. 

Ruth Dill-Macky in wheat research plots.Ruth Dill-Macky and her team are working to gain information critical to the development of a rapid response plan for Bacterial Leaf Streak (BLS), educate producers and agricultural professionals in the state, and to accelerate breeding efforts to identify genetic resistance to BLS.


Wind to nitrogen conversion system at Morris.U of M researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center have developed a novel approach to address the state and Country’s need for nitrogen fertilizer while, at the same time, reducing fossil fuel usage and utilizing energy from the Center’s wind turbines.   #MNImpacts

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