Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts

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.

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

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