“Power and Promise: Agbioscience in the North Central United States” credits the region’s land-grant universities, including their extension services and experiment stations, with a central role in American agriculture’s rise to global preeminence, arguing that continued support for them is vital to realizing the opportunities offered by the 21st century economy.
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Teng Teeh Lim recently received a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to develop a computer model that allows large producers to use the size and other simple information about their swine or dairy farm to give them a better idea of the amount of emissions and what they can do to address odor or emission issues.
Elizabeth Fenner, a food science graduate student at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is finishing testing of an experimental ice cream that starts as one flavor then shifts to another before being swallowed.
Two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops are now operational at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia. The simulators are part of a $1,558,125 Missouri Life Sciences Research Board grant to study how reduced water availability affects plants and crop productivity, and how new breeds of drought-tolerant plants can boost yields.
The heat is on. With temperatures in the high 90s and heat indexes in the triple digits, the next several days could pose significant risks to mid-Missouri livestock. According to USDA data, Missouri ranks ninth in the nation in cattle and beef sales earning more than $370 million in 2010, and its dairy industry has made a significant comeback in…
Dennis Lubahn, center director and project leader of the prostate cancer study, is leading a team of 21 MU researchers whose expertise ranges from agronomy to the diseases of laboratory animals. The team will take an interdisciplinary research approach utilizing the unique range of backgrounds and skills on MU’s Columbia campus and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis. The research was made possible by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines, the Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Cancer Institute.
Mom always told you to eat a good breakfast. Now there’s research proof from the University of Missouri that that teens who eat a healthy breakfast, particularly one rich in protein, can curb their appetite and prevent overeating later in the day. This could make breakfast a successful dietary strategy to help regulate food intake.
Obesity changes a person’s glucose and fat metabolism, leading to insulin resistance that triggers chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular illness. James Perfield, assistant professor at the University of Missouri specializing in nutrition and the physiology of metabolic diseases, has identified a plant oil that seems to interrupt the development of obesity-triggered insulin resistance.
With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).
The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will investigate the economic impacts and best marketing strategies of new soybean seed technologies designed to improve US production.