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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // May 7, 2020 // 2(8)
Research Highlights
Gathering Preliminary Data (click to read)
Gathering Preliminary Data »

FAPRI provides early analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agricultural markets in the U.S.

Contributing to Research (click to read)
Contributing to Research »

Center for Agroforestry looks at research opportunities related to COVID-19 pandemic

Research Roars

Kerns Honored with Distinguished Dissertation Award

Karl Kerns, a postdoctoral fellow in animal sciences, has received the MU Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Graduate School as part of the Sixth Annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Award Ceremony. Kerns’ dissertation, “Zinc Ion Fluxes on the Pathway to Mammalian Sperm Fertilization Competency,” was supervised by Peter Sutovsky, professor of animal sciences. The research used a combination of new techniques to explain sperm zinc ion fluxes and develop a new sperm fertilization competency test. The test has been submitted for international patenting by the University of Missouri. The findings from Kerns’ dissertation have been published in the highly regarded Nature Communications. Sutovsky says Kerns’ work “has the potential to create new knowledge and paradigms in livestock reproductive management, human reproductive medicine, and developmental biology.”

See Recent Research Webinars Online
CAFNR Research Council Webinar Series recordings are now available online.

Tell Mizzou About Your Inventions
Take advantage of time away from the lab during COVID-19 by telling Mizzou about the great things you’ve invented. Download and submit your Invention Disclosure Form and view this one-page tip sheet for what to expect once the Technology Advancement Office receives it.

In the News

Grazing Management Now Results in Better Cattle Spring, Summer Grazing Opportunities
Daily Star-Journal

Uncertain Summer for Area Farmers

Consideration When Planting Corn
Linn County Leader

Cold soil inhibits early planted corn emergence
Nodaway News Leader

MU Extension provides beef cattle breeding tips
Daily-Star Journal

Several species of morel mushrooms rely on a mutual symbiosis with trees. The morel mycorrhizae form ectomycorrhizae on the roots of certain species of trees, which allows them to exchange nutrients. In Missouri, elm, sycamore and apple are among the commonly associated tree species. In other parts of the world, morels form these relationships with many species of pine, fir, oak and ash. This issue’s header photo was taken at CAFNR’s Baskett Research Center, located east of Ashland.