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A Field Day and Retirement Party

CAFNR's Delta Center celebrated its 50th Field Day and its long-time supervisor

Update: On Sept. 2, MU Vice Chancellor and Dean Thomas Payne, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, announced the Center would be renamed the T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research Center to honor the dedication and leadership of retiring superintendent, T.E. “Jake” Fisher. Although Fisher retires at the end of September, his work ethic and leadership will continue to impact…

No Drop in the Bucket

Drought simulators study effects of reduced water on crops

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.

Reading the Leaves

MU center will see if certain herbal medicines really work

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.

Controlling Superweeds

Plant researcher teams with Dow AgroSciences to engineer stronger plants

Zhanyuan Zhang, a research associate professor of plant sciences and director of the MU Plant Transformation Core facility, partnered with research scientists at Dow AgroSciences to engineer soybean plants that can tolerate an alternative herbicide that may help slow the spread of superweeds, such as tall waterhemp.

Greater Yields, Fewer Emissions

New farming method reduces nitrous oxide greenhouse gases

Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way.

A Suspicious Insect

MU entomologist studies a bug that may transmit a flesh-eating disease

Is a little-known predator insect that lives its life underwater in the tropics the cause of an outbreak of a mysterious flesh-eating disease? Robert Sites, entomologist and professor of entomology at the University of Missouri, recently returned from Tanzania with specimens that may help other scientists and physicians answer that question.

A Closer Look at Plant Genetics

MU plant scientists receive a $3 million boost from National Science Foundation

Plant genetics research at the University of Missouri got a boost In November with the receipt of three new Plant Genome Research Program awards totaling $3 million from the National Science Foundation.

A Turf War on Bacteria?

Sports field tests at MU may curtail athlete infections

Student and professional athletes seem to get more and more serious infections from their bumps and bruises. Is it the grass? Scientists at the University of Missouri are testing different brands of artificial turf to study the effects of heat and bacterial growth on the surfaces, which are widely used on high school, college and professional sports fields.

Healthier Snacks through Improved Soybeans

A genetic change could reduce trans-fats in our favorite foods

A research team, led by plant scientists at the University of Missouri, has created a soybean variant that produces oil that does not have to be hydrogenated before going into food – adding no trans-fat.

‘Weeding Out’ Midwestern Vineyards

Researchers tackle a growing problem to enhance the wine industry

Indulging in a glass of wine seldom conjures images of weeds. For the growing number of Midwestern grape growers cultivating their vineyards, such images come frequently to mind.