Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

University researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) have been key partners in helping to track African Swine Fever. In 2019,  they partnered with a team of researchers around the world to measure the risk of ASF entering the U.S. through the smuggling of pork products in air passenger luggage. 

In response to the 2013 and 2014 wheat stem rust epidemics in Ethiopia, a collaborative research and education team formed to study the biology and control of new, dangerous forms of the wheat stem rust pathogen from East Africa and other parts of the world and to provide Ethiopian scientists and farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to combat wheat stem rust.

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota recently examined how temperature extremes are affecting the well-being and economic value of turkeys

Researchers at the University’s Design of Active Materials and Structures Lab and Wearable Technology Lab recently developed a temperature-responsive textile. The new textiles resemble typical knits, except they are created with a special category of active materials—known as shape memory alloys (SMAs)—which change shape when heated.

 A recent study led by a U of M epidemiologist,in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration and US Poultry, has found significant reductions in using most medically important antibiotics in broiler chicken and turkey production.

In 2018, CFANS established the Plant Protein Innovation Center (PPIC) to bring researchers and industry professionals together to help shape the future of plant proteins. The first of its kind in the nation, the PPIC is working to innovate how plant proteins are developed and used across the supply chain—from the land, to the lab, to the production chain. 

U of M researchers have developed a novel method for pasteurization of food using intense pulsed light and low temperature microwave technology, along with a photocatalyst and a microwave absorbent that decontaminates granular or powdered food and food ingredients. 

According to the Department of Defense (DoD), the military spouse unemployment rate is 24 percent and efforts to improve these percentages have not significantly changed despite efforts on national level. In 2017, University of Minnesota researchers released the Military Spouse Licensure Portability Examination report based on a study that examined what real changes have occurred on a state-by-state level from the DoD’s effort. 

The Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS) Project is the first ever study to examine how young people develop financial behaviors and how those behaviors relate to financial capability and well-being as adults. The success of the study relies on the 2,098 students who completed the Wave 1 survey on the financial attitudes and behaviors of college freshmen. In 2017, the research team submitted a report for Wave 4, which included survey results for 855 young adults who have continued to engage with the study.

University of Minnesota researchers  have been collaborating to help stop Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in its tracks for over a decade and have been exploring potential public safety concerns poised by the disease as it has spread throughout the state. As part of this effort, they are now working to create a rapid diagnostic test that could be a game-charger in helping to track and control CWD.

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