Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

Research related to youth development focuses on educating and empowering today's youth.

Peter Larsen and his interdisciplinary team have reached a new milestone in their goal to develop a robust next-generation antemortem test for the rapid detection of Chronic wasting disease. 

Research in this program area focuses on protecting the diversity of Minnesota's forests, wildlife and native plants as environmental conditions continue to shift in the state.

There is a prevailing assumption that honey bees can do well in agricultural areas but that wild bees need natural areas to thrive. To test this theory, Elaine Evans, Dan Cariveau and Marla Spivak compared wild bee community success with health and survival of managed honey bees at six apiary locations over three years.

Agricultural Business Management research focuses on exploring the economic side of small, medium and large farm operations and how domestic and international policies can affect the agricultural industry.

Metin Çakir and his team conducted first-of-its-kind research on Avian Flu outbreaks in the U.S. that develops a partial equilibrium model of the U.S. meat and poultry industry to simulate the impact of HPAI outbreak on the turkey industry.

Maxim Cheeran and JP Wang, along with their colleagues have developed a portable handheld platform that detects veterinary pathogens in clinical samples. The new single-step protocol and hardheld GMR-biosensor platform has successfully been used to detect swine influenza but shows promise for other diseases affecting the pork industry. 

MAES supported research related to community vitality and public finance includes projects focused on the impact of publicly supported programs and built environments. A particular focus is placed on assisting rural communities in Minnesota, and internationally, be more prosperous and stable.

Abimbola Asojo, Denise Guerin, Carin Martin and their team have developed a self-administered and internet-based questionnaire that provides a quantitative analysis of occupants' satisfaction with their surroundings called the sustainable post-occupancy evaluation survey (SPOES), 

Marcia Endres and her collaborators have conducted studies with over 300 dairy farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota to help improve the use of new technologies and investigate best management practices in the dairy industry.