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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // June 27, 2024 // 6(13)
Feature Story
Photo gallery: 2024 DAREC Symposium (click to read)
Photo gallery: 2024 DAREC Symposium »

The new Digital Agriculture Research and Extension Center hosted its first-ever Research Symposium.

The event, which was held June 20-21, included research talks, a poster session and a Technology Day at the MU Digital Farm.

Research Highlights
New director announced for RaFF (click to read)
New director announced for RaFF »

Alejandro Plastina joins Mizzou’s Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center from Iowa State University.

CAFNR Research Symposium
Save the Date! (click to read)
Save the Date!

Save the date for the fourth annual CAFNR Research Symposium, showcasing how CAFNR students, post-docs, faculty and staff are working to create a healthy world. The symposium will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, and will feature lightning talks, a poster session, research presentations and more.

A special event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the clinical potential of Aureomycin, the first tetracycline, a “wonder-drug” antibiotic discovered in the soil of Mizzou’s own Sanborn Field, will kick off the symposium on Monday, Sept. 30. Speakers will showcase the important connection between the health of our soil, food and world.

More information about the full schedule, and registering to attend, present a talk and/or a poster, will follow shortly. Save the date to celebrate this important discovery milestone and see how CAFNR’s research continues to aid our world today.

Research Roars

DAREC Symposium poster winners announced

The new MU Digital Agriculture Research and Extension Center (DAREC) held it’s first ever Digital Agriculture Symposium June 20-21. The symposium included a poster session, and three students, two graduate and two undergraduate, were recognized with awards for their work.

The following students placed in the poster session:

    • First place: Rana Das, pursuing a Ph.D. in biological engineering

    • Second place: Trace Thompson, pursuing an M.S. in plant, insect and microbial sciences

    • Third place: Madi Mitchell and Morgan Mathison, both pursuing a B.S. in plant sciences

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

Jianfeng Zhou, Out-Scaling a Grower-Friendly Cloud-based Monitoring System and Degree-Day Model Development to Manage the Invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila in Small Fruit Production, Lincoln University (NIFA), 4/1/24-3/31/27, $208,973

Feng Lin, Discovering and deploying genetic solutions across maturity groups for durable resistance to multiple nematodes, University of Georgia (United Soybean Board), 10/1/23-8/31/24, $61,082

Kelly Nelson, Channel Tiling to Increase Soybean Yield Resiliency on Sloping Soils, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, 4/1/24-3/31/25, $30,000

Rebecca North, Statewide Lakes Assessment Project 2024-2025, Missouri Department of Natural Resources (EPA), 4/1/24-3/31/25, $337,500

Feng Lin, National USDA Uniform Soybean Tests/Fatty Acid Screening with University of Missouri, Agricultural Research Service (USB), 10/1/23-/8/31/24, $12,811

Jianfeng Zhou, Leveraging Robotic Imaging Technology to Improve Swine Reproduction and Sustainability, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, 7/1/24-6/30/28, $987,000

Bradley Wilson, Seed Quality 3.0: Beltwide Cool Germination Radicle Threshold Trial, Cotton, Inc., 1/1/24-12/31/24, $5,000

Andre Froes de Borja Reis, Quantifying Nitrogen Credits from Soybean, Mississippi State University (NCSRP), 1/1/24-8/30/24, $20,000

Thomas Bonnot, Refining priority grassland landscapes by identifying factors driving occupancy and abundance of grassland bird SGCN using distance surveys and community science data, Missouri Department of Conservation, 7/1/24-5/31/25, $78,787.50

Lisa Webb, Status of the North American Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A systematic literature review (2019-2023), Missouri Department of Conservation, 4/1/24-3/31/25, $20,342

Michael Stambaugh, Investigating fire history research potential on Georgia Department of Natural Resources lands in the greater Mountain Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (USFWS), 1/14/24-1/30/26, $10,000

Ron Revord, Exiting the breeding pipeline – meeting demand for hazelnut cultivars in the eastern U.S., National Institute for Food and Agriculture, 7/1/24-6/30/28, $448,458

Bradley Wilson, Evaluating In-Field Variability of Cotton Growth and Maturity 2024, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, 5/1/24-12/31/24, $24,000

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