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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // July 1, 2021 // 3(13)
Feature Stories
Building Missouri’s Economic Impact (click to read)
Building Missouri’s Economic Impact »

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Studying Oxygen Levels in Lakes Around the World (click to read)
Studying Oxygen Levels in Lakes Around the World »

Researchers compile data from lakes throughout the world to look at changing oxygen levels

Research Highlights
Supporting Future Scientists (click to read)
Supporting Future Scientists »

Two postdoctoral fellows in the Division of Animal Sciences have received Lalor Foundation fellowships in the past three years.

Wes Warren Featured in NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series

The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts.

Wes Warren, professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, was featured in the series in June. Warren is an internationally recognized expert in comparative genomics. Warren’s research group uses various whole genome comparative, and more recently single cell transcriptomic, methods to examine changes in gene evolution and regulation, as a means to better understand human biology with a recent focus on comparative oncology. The identification of these species-specific gene aberrations in evolutionary time promises to engender new thoughts on the molecular workings of observed phenotypes such as cancer. Dr. Warren also leads campus-wide initiatives to adopt high-throughput sequencing technology.

Agricultural Research Centers
Science Night at Jefferson Farm and Garden: Help Save the Pollinators (click to read)
Science Night at Jefferson Farm and Garden: Help Save the Pollinators »

Jefferson Farm and Garden hosted a Science Night event this month, with a focus on pollinators. Click through the photo gallery to see what took place during the event.

Research Roars

Trio of CAFNR Faculty Earn 2021 Provost’s and Chancellor’s Awards

The 2021 Provost’s and Chancellor’s Awards were recently announced and three CAFNR faculty were recognized with honors.

  • Alba Argerich, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources, received the 2021 Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award. This award recognizes junior faculty for superior teaching and advising on the MU campus.
  • Felix Fritschi, C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics in the Division of Plant Sciences, received the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. This award gives special recognition to MU faculty members who are still in the developmental phases of their careers, have made outstanding contributions in research and/or creative activity and have great promise for achieving wider recognition.
  • Leon Schumacher, professor and agricultural systems technology program coordinator, received the 2021 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. This award recognizes MU faculty who have provided outstanding leadership in strengthening MU’s international dimension.

CAFNR Abstract Presented During North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Annual Conference

During the recent North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) annual conference, a peer-reviewed research abstract from a group of CAFNR faculty and staff was presented “live” during the virtual conference. A total of 208 abstracts were submitted and only 12 were presented during the conference. The abstract is titled “Factors Influencing College Choice of Matriculants and Non-Matriculants: A Generational Comparison.”

CAFNR faculty members have received the following recent grants (listed by Principal Investigator):

Heike Buecking, Impact of the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis on the Physiological and Molecular Reponses of Legumes to Potassium Deprivation, North Carolina State University, 4/1/2021-9/14/2023, $279,647

David Diamond, Mapping Ecological Systems in Arkansas to Facilitate Conservation Prioritization and Actions for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Arkansas Fish and Game, 6/8/2021-9/30/2323, $60,000

David Diamond, Mapping Ecological Systems in Arkansas to Facilitate Conservation Prioritization and Actions for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Arkansas Fish and Game, 6/8/2021-9/30/2323, $12,500

Hong He, Developing a Framework for Spatial Modeling of Oak Decline in the Ozark Highlands, Lincoln University, 4/15/2021-3/15/2024, $127,481

James Heiser, Nematode Observation Trial, Corteva Agriscience LLC, 5/1/2021-12/1/2021,$4,520

Tyler McCubbin, Understanding the Physiology and Genetics of Carbon Transport to Maize Crown Roots During Drought Stress, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 6/15/2021-6/14/2023, $120,000

Allison Meyer, Does Nutrient Restriction of Pregnant Heifers Decrease Production During their Second Pregnancy and Lactation, Illinois Beef Association, 6/1/2021-10/1/2022, $12,074

Amanda Patterson, Functional Characterization of Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition (MET)-Derived Cells in Normal Endometrial Regeneration, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 5/15/2021-4/30/2022, $325,806

Craig Paukert, Linking Stream Fish Thermal Ecology and Adaptive Capacity to Inform Watershed-based Management and Species Status Assessments, Geological Survey, 4/15/2021-2/31/2022, $100,000

Robert Sharp, 11th Symposium of the International Society of Root Research, Department of Energy, 5/15/2021-5/14/2022, $7,500

Reid Smeda, Field Trial: Protocol HD21USACC3, Monsanto Company, 5/3/2021-5/2/2022, $21,280

Jinglu Tan, Acquisition of Goods and Services-Cropping Systems-FY21, Agricultural Research Service, 4/1/2021-11/30/2021, $16,000

Bhanu Telugu, Development of Novel Reproductive Technologies for In Vitro Genetic Selection and Genetic Improvement in Livestock, Genus PLC, 6/15/2021-6/14/2025, $1,954,368

Jordon Wade, Soil Mineralogy and N Synchrony: Quantifying Contextual Linkages Between Soil Health and Crop N Availability, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 6/1/2021-5/31/2024, $499,613

In The News

Missouri Tracks Spread of Delta Variant Using Wastewater

ABC News

Water Hemp Has Not Yet Formed Resistance to Dicamba, Glufosinate


Stocker Cattle Could Add Value to Your Operation

Morning Ag Clips

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Feature Story
Mizzou leverages research discoveries (click to read)
Mizzou leverages research discoveries »

In 2021, University of Missouri researchers increased oil content in plants for food and energy, created software to assess speech and swallowing, developed gene therapies for muscular dystrophies, and invented more responsive sensors for military surveillance and medical diagnostics.  Follow the story to learn how MU researchers, including CAFNR scientists, contributed to the economic development mission by bringing discoveries to the marketplace.