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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // November 18, 2021 // 3(23)
Message from the Associate Dean
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As we look to Thanksgiving next week, I wanted to take a moment and share how thankful I am for all of you. I appreciate the ways you have kept the CAFNR research enterprise strong this past year. The college set a new record in grant awards in fiscal (FY) 2021 and accolades you brought into our college and MU. Thank you for everything you do to Drive the CAFNR research enterprise to Distinction.

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes,

Shibu Jose
CAFNR Associate Dean for Research

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Center for Regenerative Agriculture Announces Virtual Conference 

The Center for Regenerative Agriculture is hosting the Missouri State Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. The virtual event will be held on Zoom on the mornings of Dec. 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. See more information and register online. 

CAFNR Research Council Holds Webinar Series

The CAFNR Research Council is hosting a series of webinars featuring speakers discussing timely topics. The next webinar in the series is Thursday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m., and will feature Craig Schenck, assistant professor of biochemistry. You can find recordings of the previous webinars on the CAFNR Research Council’s page. 

Grant Spotlight

Catch the Vision

Mark Morgan, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, recently received a Global Food System Challenge Seed Grant for the project titled, Catch the Vision. The award total is for $25,000.

Morgan and his team are working to develop a supplementary food product that addresses malnutrition of women and children in Haiti.

“Haiti has over 6 million women,” said Morgan. “Over one-third of Haitians are between 0 and 14 years old and have limited access to nutrient-rich foods. About 22% of children suffer from stunting and 4% from wasting. Almost half (46%) of women suffer from iron deficiency anemia.”

The team plans to use silver carp, an invasive species in the U.S., to address this critical issue in Haiti. Preliminary tests have shown that silver carp are nutritious and safe to eat. Silver carp contains high amounts of protein, calcium, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and all nine essential amino acids. However, raw product spoils easily and shipment can be costly.

“Our innovative solution is to develop a ready-to-eat, food bar consisting mostly of fish powder and soy meal,” said Morgan.

Potential advantages of the finished product include low-cost, high-nutrient, peanut-free, shelf-stable, and without need for refrigeration or freezing. This product can help address common health issues such as anemia in women and stunting/ wasting in children.

“There is no singular solution for malnutrition,” said Morgan. “We plan to lessen this burden for women and children in Haiti by developing a healthy and nutritious food bar using an invasive species in the U.S. If consumed frequently, this product will improve nutrition for countless women and children since silver carp contain high amounts of macro and micronutrients.”

Research Roars

Three IPG Faculty Listed Among 2021 Highly Cited Researchers

Ron Mittler, professor of plant science and technology; Bing Yang, professor of plant science and technology; and Shuqun Zhang, professor of biochemistry; all part of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) at the University of Missouri, have been recognized by the Web of Science list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2021. 

This list recognizes world-class researchers, selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for the field and year.

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

Thomas Lock, Paddock Trac Demo Farms Showcase Soil and Water Conservation, Mo Dept of Natural Resources, 10/1/2021- 9/30/2024, $493,319

John Lory, A Regional Assessment of High-Risk Areas for Ephemeral Guilty Formation, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, 10/1/2021-9/30/2023, $73,592

In The News

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Columbia Missourian 

University of Missouri Researcher Receives $5.4M Grant for Elderberry Research

Morning Ag Clips 


Campus is full of beautiful fall colors!