Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

Marla Spivak with bee hiveU of M Entomologist Marla Spivak continues her fascinating research and community outreach on honeybees and the growing concern of colony collapse.  Through a combination of research and outreach, the “Bee Squad” is improving life for bees in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. #MNImpacts

Dr. Jim Collins with a piglet.Jim Collins and his team are working to develop a specific, sensitive, rapid, and high throughput real-time RT-PCR to detect Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine and to map the complete genome of PEVD for global comparisons.

Students looking for soybean aphids.George Heimpel and his team are performing controlled release experiments with soybean aphid Aphelimnus glycinis and exploring how Aphelimnus glycinis interacts with other soybean aphids.

Piglets.Connie Gebhart and her team are aiming to characterize virulence and virulence-related genes in the previously known and novel pathogenic Brachyspira species.

Dr. Jim Collins with a piglet.Jim Collins and his team are working to molecularly characterize the entire genome of swine RVB and RVC strains to determine the diversity within each RV group, and ultimately identify the most common genotypes of these viruses.

Swine housing facility at MorrisU of M researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center are exploring the link between sow wellness and group sow housing.  Their management strategies are being used throughout the industry nationwide.  #MNImpacts