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A big return for a research buck

A study shows the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station beats other states and outpaces the stock market in ROI

An almost 40 percent return on investment today would make a stock broker’s heart swoon. The Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station has been delivering those kinds of returns to the state for more than four decades, a new study has found.

Less feed, more filling

MU researchers are determining why some cows need less food to achieve weight goals

Researchers at the University of Missouri may someday be able to help ranchers identify cattle that mysteriously have the ability to gain weight while eating less. By breeding herds of these otherwise ordinary animals, farmers may be able to decrease one of their significant business costs.

From Pig Cells to Stem Cells

Finding could result in better tests for stem cell therapy

Investigators at the University of Missouri have developed the ability to take regular cells from pigs’ connective tissues, known as fibroblasts, and transform them into stem cells, eliminating several of these hurdles. The discovery was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Off-hours crime fighter

By day, he studies reproductive efficiency of farm animals, by night, he invents ways to link felons with their victims

In his daytime job as part of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Animal Sciences faculty, Peter Sutovsky studies mammalian spermatogenesis, fertilization and pre-implantation embryonic development. In his off-hours, he helps detectives solve criminal cases. The associate professor is a member of a joint venture between the University of Missouri and the Paternity Testing Corp. (PTC) that seeks to revolutionize forensic work relating to rape cases.

MU faculty earn funding through the Missouri Life Sciences Research Trust Fund

Seven Missouri researchers recently received funding through the Missouri Life Sciences Research Trust Fund. Six of the researchers are from the University of Missouri—of these, three are from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The grants total $5,525,785.

Taking a bite out of cattle feed costs

MU Southwest Center researchers identify genetics that make a more efficient cow

Escalating feed and fertilizer prices have eroded profitability in the beef industry nationwide. With over 54,000 beef operations and the second largest beef herd in the U.S., Missouri stands to lose a lot. Researchers at University of Missouri’s Southwest Center near Mt. Vernon, Mo., have found how many pounds a cow gains per pound of feed consumed varies between animals.

A Recognition of “Intellectual Heft”

CAFNR Ranks High in Scholarly Productivity, Says National Higher Education Newspaper

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s third annual survey of scholarly productivity names University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) faculty as being among the best in the nation. CAFNR Animal Science faculty ranked fifth most productive among its peer institutions. MU agriculture faculty overall ranked seventh.

Biting Discovery: MU Entomologist Finds Host of New Aquatic Insect Species in Thailand

“It’s much, much worse than a bee or wasp sting,” said Robert Sites, an entomologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia. “It’s actually not a sting; it’s a bite. You’ll be thinking about it a half hour or an hour. I was bitten in the pad of my little finger, and I felt intense pain all the way to my elbow for a good 30 minutes.” Working with researchers from universities in Thailand, Slovenia and the United States, Sites discovered more than 50 new insect species over a three-year period.