Social and Animal Welfare

Social and Animal Welfare Features and Impacts


MRI food testingTo fulfill consumer demand for safer, healthier, and self-stable foods, U of M researchers are discovering news methods to integrate NMR and MRI technologies into food safety tests.  Early results show that such techniques allow for quicker detection of food-borne pathogens.  #MNImpacts


Beehive.Marla Spivak and her team are working to help commercial beekeepers reduce honey bee colony losses that provide honey and critical pollination services of almond, fruit, and vegetable crops.

Beef cattle.Zheng Xing and his team are evaluating the scope of infection in food animals in Minnesota by a novel zoonotic bunyavirus, Heartland virus (HLV). 


Marla Spivak with bee hiveU of M Entomologist Marla Spivak continues her fascinating research and community outreach on honeybees and the growing concern of colony collapse.  Through a combination of research and outreach, the “Bee Squad” is improving life for bees in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. #MNImpacts

Dr. Jim Collins with a piglet.Jim Collins and his team are working to develop a specific, sensitive, rapid, and high throughput real-time RT-PCR to detect Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine and to map the complete genome of PEVD for global comparisons.


Researcher on boat with invasive carpInvasive species, particularly carp, are putting Minnesota’s freshwater ecosystems at risk. U of MN researchers are exploring numerous approaches to successfully remove invasive carp from Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams with strong results already reported. #MNImpacts

Piglets.Connie Gebhart and her team are aiming to characterize virulence and virulence-related genes in the previously known and novel pathogenic Brachyspira species.


Dr. Jim Collins with a piglet.Jim Collins and his team are working to molecularly characterize the entire genome of swine RVB and RVC strains to determine the diversity within each RV group, and ultimately identify the most common genotypes of these viruses.


Swine housing facility at MorrisU of M researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center are exploring the link between sow wellness and group sow housing.  Their management strategies are being used throughout the industry nationwide.  #MNImpacts

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