Food and Agriculture Features and Impacts

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). 

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.