Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

Swine Welfare Video screengrab.In this impact video, Yuzhi Li describes the importance of the University’s swine welfare research program and highlights important research findings to date.

Jeffrey Gunsolus presenting weed control information at Morris.Jeffrey Gunsolus and his team are exploring how modification of current management strategies will allow growers to manage herbicide-resistant weeds, preserve the utility of herbicide-resistant crop technologies, and maintain profitability. 

Spider mite.Robert Koch and his team are exploring the growing concern of insecticide resistance in common soybean pests.  

Turkeys at UMore Park.Timothy Johnson and his team are exploring bacterial causes of what has become known as Light Turkey Syndrome (LTS) in the commercial turkey industry.

Goss's Wilt of corn.Dean Malvick and his team are studying corn bacterial disease Goss’s leaf blight and wilt.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD).  By Bob KochWilliam Hutchison and his team are exploring the effect of SWD as an invasive fruit pest in North America, particularly Minnesota.

Dr. Bradley Heins explaining Morris's organic program to visitors.Bradley Heins and his team are working to reduce fossil-fuel consumption in dairy and swine production systems through renewable energy generation, energy conservation, and energy optimization.


MRI food testingTo fulfill consumer demand for safer, healthier, and self-stable foods, U of M researchers are discovering news methods to integrate NMR and MRI technologies into food safety tests.  Early results show that such techniques allow for quicker detection of food-borne pathogens.  #MNImpacts


Beehive.Marla Spivak and her team are working to help commercial beekeepers reduce honey bee colony losses that provide honey and critical pollination services of almond, fruit, and vegetable crops.

Beef cattle.Zheng Xing and his team are evaluating the scope of infection in food animals in Minnesota by a novel zoonotic bunyavirus, Heartland virus (HLV). 

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