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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // Oct. 4, 2023 // 5(20)
A Message from the Associate Dean for Research
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I am thrilled that tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 5, we celebrate our third CAFNR Research Symposium, thanks to the efforts of our CAFNR Research Council! We have more than 240 of you signed up to join us throughout the day, which will include presentations by faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students, poster sessions (95 posters!), speed talks, and a reception. The award presentation will include Best Poster Awards in three categories: undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs. Activities will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in N201 and N214 Memorial Union. See the full schedule on the Mizzou Calendar.

I hope everyone joins us for the very special keynote presentation by an incredible scientist – and alumnus of CAFNR – Dr. Manjit Misra, director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture! Dr. Misra will speak on “Good Health Begins with a Seed in the Soil” at 9:30 a.m. in N201 Memorial Union. Learn more about Dr. Misra in a special feature in this issue of the Digest.

Thank you to everyone who has worked to bring our third symposium to life! I look forward to an inspiring day learning from colleagues.

Shibu Jose
Associate Dean for Research and Director of MOAES

Feature Story
Full Circle »

Manjit Misra brings values, lessons learned at CAFNR to his new role as director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Research Highlights
Why Lakes Turn Green (click to read)
Why Lakes Turn Green »

MU scientist awarded NSF grant for deep dive into the health of North America’s freshwater lakes

Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station
Career Exploration Days at Research, Extension and Education Centers showcase CAFNR degree programs to students across state
CAFNR Showcase at South Farm returns to big crowds, fun and education for entire family (click to read)
CAFNR Showcase at South Farm returns to big crowds, fun and education for entire family »

Event was held Saturday, Sept. 30, for the first time since 2019

Grants, Myths, and Legends

Save the date for a grants workshop on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Meet your CAFNR grants office team, dispel myths, and discover the truth behind the legends. We will discuss federal sponsors, budget limitations, and subawards. Rob Myers will present on successful strategies for obtaining grants.

All sessions will be virtual. Details and registration will follow. All faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and grad students are invited to attend.

Research Roars

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

Lindsey Saunders, 2023 IAEFP in Puebla, Mexico Foreign Ag Service, 10/1/23-9/30/26, $499,999.98

Craig Paukert, Application of Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management for the Prevention and Control of Invasive Species Geological Survey, 8/21/23-8/20/25, $197,717

Michael Stambaugh, Historical fire regime assessment and reconstruction for priority southeastern national park units, Natl Park Service, 7/1/23-6/30/25, $50,000

Michael Chapman, Adeno-Associated Virus Gene Therapy Vectors: Molecular Interactions on Cell Entry, NIH, 9/1/23-7/31/24, $779,586

Robert Myers, Cover crop technical assistance: Farmers for Soil Health, Natl Fish and Wildlife Fndtn, 4/1/23-3/31/26, $694,712

Joanna Whittier, NFHP/FFP Science and Communications Team, Fish and Wildlife Service, 6/1/23-5/31/24, $20,000

Jianfeng Zhou, Discovery of plant secrets using an airborne hyperspectral imaging system (AHSIS), Natl Inst of Food and Ag, 9/1/23-8/31/27, $400,403

Thomas Spencer, Development of Strategies for Coordinated Expression of Pathway Genes, Agricultural Research Service, 9/1/23-8/31/24, $1,997,697

In the News

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Life-Saving Find: How This Missouri Soil Unearthed A Golden Medical Discovery 75 Years Ago
The Daily Scoop

Cover crops and no-till aren’t just good for the soil — they also make farmers more money, study says

First fully electric, autonomous tractor in the Midwest unveiled in Missouri
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A look into where cattle markets might head
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What Are the Best U.S. Cities for Locavores?
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An expert explains the best irrigation practices
Successful Farming

Test for Soybean Cyst Nematode This Fall

MASBDA-Funded Project Assists Missouri Aquaculture Industry
Morning Ag Clips

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