Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

Despite control efforts, Salmonella remains a major cause of foodborne outbreaks in the U.S. resulting in an annual estimated loss of around $4 billion. Johnny Anup and his team are working to discover effective methods to control multidrug-resistant Salmonella to improve the safety of poultry products.

Roger Ruan and his team are developing intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to reduce harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in dry or powdered foods. For the project, they have designed and fabricated a small lab scale system for testing the IPL process in terms of microbial inactivation and physical, chemical and sensory changes under different conditions.

Over 1000 attended the National Climate Adaptation Forum in Saint Paul, MN. The forum provided an excellent opportunity for professionals from the private and public sectors to share information and solutions around how to best prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change.

A three-year study looks at the specific fatty acids profile in milk produced from cows fed a 100 percent forage-based diet to cows under both conventional and organic management. 

C. difficile is a dangerous and debilitating bacterial infection of the intestine that affects about 500,000 people annually--causing about 29,000 deaths--in the United States. UMN researchers are working to develop and standardize a new treatment with origins in ancient Chinese medicine.

UMN researchers have been working on developing a system to turn scum into biodiesel. Their aim is to streamline the disposal process of scum, while maximizing biodiesel output, moving toward complete utilization of liquid and solid wastes.

A new multivariable model looks at how geographical factors may be a significant factor to help predict the risk of a PRRS outbreak.

An analysis of the economic impact of the northern grape industry uncovers continued growth and opportunities.

Pandas are one of most beloved and most endangered animals on the planet but their future is far from certain. U of M researchers, using genetic analysis methods often used for livestock, analyzed wild and captive panda populations in China.

In an effort to unsure proper care of the growing elder popularion in Minnesota, UMN social scientists developed the Vital Involvement (VI) construct. They are now working closely with local organizations to ensure proper training and understanding of the VI among service providers.