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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // March 11, 2021 // 3(5)
Feature Stories
Asian carp could pulverize world hunger, MU researcher finds (click to read)
Asian carp could pulverize world hunger, MU researcher finds »

Mark Morgan, researcher at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has a novel plan to address food insecurity around the world by pulverizing the fish to capture its high nutritional content.

Unconscious biases can drive foodborne illness outbreaks (click to read)
Unconscious biases can drive foodborne illness outbreaks »

A study performed by MU researchers concludes outbreak prevention policies should account for inadvertent behaviors.

Research Highlights
Discovering a passion (click to read)
Discovering a passion »

Senior Stephanie Scott dreams of becoming a surgeon. She credits the opportunities she’s had at Mizzou — specifically as a research assistant in two different labs on campus, for helping her discover her path.

CAFNR Research Council Webinar Series, March 17

The CAFNR Office of Research is pleased to announce another CAFNR Research Council Webinar, Department of Energy Office of Science Opportunities: An Overview from BES and BER.

This webinar will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy and will be held on March 17 at 3:30 p.m. CST. Find the Zoom link on the CAFNR Research Council’s web page:

Grant Spotlight
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Food Innovations to Address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – Zero Hunger

Kiruba Krishnaswamy, assistant professor of food science in the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering, recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant that will support a new course that incorporates experitential learning to create innovative solutions in food and agricultural systems. The course will be aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal to eradicate hunger.

“Students will learn about global challenges in food systems, including chronic hunger and hidden hunger, and learn how to become agents of change through food systems innovation,” Krishnaswamy said.

Krishnaswamy was one of 13 recipients from across the United States who were chosen through a competitve national review process. VentureWell awarded nearly $350,000 to the 13 grantees.

Krishnaswamy has “Pillars of Pursuit – Food Sustainability” joint appointments in CAFNR (food science) and the College of of Engineering (biomedical, biological and chemical engineering). She joined the University of Missouri in 2018. Her research focuses on sustainable food process engineering for upcycling of food waste/loss; food fortification addressing hidden hunger; and innovative technologies. She leads the Food Engineering And Sustainable Technologies (FEAST) Lab on the MU campus, a transdisciplinary group of researchers working at the interface of science, engineering and technology connecting the food system.

VentureWell’s Faculty Grants program helps faculty and staff at institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation for positive social and environmental impact. To learn more about the award, as well as the other grantees, visit the Venture Well website.

In the News

Cognitive biases can help create and worsen foodborne disease outbreaks

The Medical News

UK COVID variant found in Coldwater Creek watershed after further testing


New cattle industry buzzword: Egonomics

Farm Progress

Baskett Research Center: Oak Regeneration and Burn Boxes

The Forestry Source

The featured photo showcases a foal born at the MU Equine Teaching Facility this spring. Each spring the equine breeding management class, as part of their coursework, is responsible for breeding and foaling of all mares at the farm. The resulting foals, as well as some donated horses, are then trained by students in an equine behavior and training class during the fall semester. Additionally, a barn management and marketing class prepares sale information for the MU Online Horse Auction and hosts the sale preview each fall. Follow the spring foaling season on their Facebook page at