In December and January, a lingering snowy and cold snap engulfed much of America. While previous storms steadily moved over the country and out to sea, leaving moderate weather behind, this period of harsh winter weather came and stayed for weeks and plunged as far south as Texas. The frigid and stagnant weather pattern confused many, but it didn’t surprise…
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Everyone is in favor of going green. But how much more will the average consumer pay to help the environment? Francisco Aguilar, assistant professor in forestry at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is finding out.
University of Missouri scientists have played a key role in developing new technology that takes the guesswork out of deciding how much nitrogen to apply to crops. The technology has the potential to keep money in farmers’ pockets and help protect the environment.
Modern farming techniques have erased much of the habitat of the once-abundant northern bobwhite quail, but on Hobson’s farm and others like it, the quail population is going up-without dragging profits down.
Students in the Department of Soils, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences are working to make MU the first university in mid-Missouri to become certified as “storm ready” by the National Weather Service (NWS).
In 1985 Jack Jones, now the Dunmire Professor of Water Quality in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, wanted to add an international component to his emerging career. He noticed Nepal’s developing aquaculture and thought his expertise could help. With a National Science Foundation grant, he traveled to the country between Tibet and China.
Everyone is familiar with storm chasers who follow tornadoes during the summer months. One University of Missouri researcher and a team of students will be doing much the same thing this winter in search of a rare weather phenomenon called thundersnow. The research could make the prediction of such severe snowfall events more accurate.
University of Missouri Extension specialists say that there are excellent opportunities for sustainable wind power in northwest Missouri. Four wind turbines supply all the electricity for the small town of Rock Port in Atchison County. The city of just over 1,300 residents is the first in the United States to operate solely on wind power.
Chung-Ho Lin, research assistant professor with the MU Center for Agroforestry, has found that red cedar leaves and fruit have compounds that might help fight bacteria, fungi, agricultural pests and weeds, and malaria.
Three days of rain doesn’t sound like much—unless it comes in prodigious quantities and on top of months of above-average rainfall that saturates the ground. Spring 2008 is seeing significant flooding in the Mississippi River valley.