Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

Euarasian watermilfoil has long been a concern for aquatic invasive species professionals, but researchers at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center were interested to see what was happening with Hybrid watermilfoil in Minnesota's lakes. Two key questions they had: (1) How different is the genetic makeup of Northern watermilfoil (a native plant), Eurasian watermilfoil and Hybrid watermilfoil? and (2) Can we use the same control techniques we use for Eurasian watermilfoil to control Hybrid watermilfoil?

University of Minnesota social scientists are working with Service Coordinators at senior housing centers to provide training on the Vital Involvement (VI) construct and collect VI stories.

U of M researchers in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering wanted to find a solution to the long-term issue of high levels of mercury concentrations in some Minnesota waters. Building on research done with nanoparticles, they developed a sponge that can remove over 99.9 percent of mercury for contaminated water.

Insect pollinators provide essential services to growers of US fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and honeybees are their star performer accounting for over two-thirds of the agricultural output attributed to insect pollination. Research projects and extension programs are uncovering new information to help Minnesotans protect this essential insect.

Rebecca Montgomery, Chris Baumler and their team are working to expand the reach of climate science by engaging everyday citizens in gathering research data and experiencing art and nature in new ways. Their "Backyard Phenology Project" combines  phenology with art and engages groups and individuals at locations throughout the state.

U of M researchers and Extension educators are working closely with MN growers to provide information on best practicies for alternative cropping systems. 

U of M researchers are developing new diagnostic tools to detect microbial food spoilage that are rapid, sensitive, specific and cost-effective for the food industry to adopt.

University of Minnesota researchers and industry partners showcased their latest innovations and research findings during the Midwest Farm Energy Conference at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) June 13 in Morris, MN.

Extreme poverty and the loss of traditional foods have caused many Native Americans to suffer from poor or inadequate diets. This has led to increased obesity, diabetes, and other profound health problems on a large scale.

Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine were able to gather extensive samples from infected turkey farms all over the state, including samples from exhaust fans.  Their findings will help develop new protocols and programs for controlling airborne diseases in swine poultry facilities.