University of Missouri scientists have played a key role in developing new technology that takes the guesswork out of deciding how much nitrogen to apply to crops. The technology has the potential to keep money in farmers’ pockets and help protect the environment.
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What do swine flu pandemics and stem cell biology have in common? Medical scientists use sophisticated mapping tools to track the development of both. The University of Missouri, with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is using mapping to give Missouri high school teachers and students a better understanding of fundamental concepts of human health, biology and medical sciences.
Charles Bourland, who earned a PhD in food science and nutrition from the University of Missouri in 1970, spent 30 years with NASA developing food for astronauts.
Investigators at the University of Missouri have developed the ability to take regular cells from pigs’ connective tissues, known as fibroblasts, and transform them into stem cells, eliminating several of these hurdles. The discovery was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Modern farming techniques have erased much of the habitat of the once-abundant northern bobwhite quail, but on Hobson’s farm and others like it, the quail population is going up-without dragging profits down.
Researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) recently received a $1,558,125 grant to construct drought simulators that enable the scientists to study how reduced water availability affects plants and crop productivity.
Most educators agree that making coursework available to students through podcasting improves learning. The problem is that instructors must devote significant work time in creating the audio files, videos and other instructional materials to be shared.
The corn-like grass, which can grow to 12 feet, shows promise as a source of ethanol, said Gene Stevens, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources extension associate professor. He is evaluating initial research results on ways to genetically adapt a plant that is not normally productive in Missouri to create something that could serve as a homegrown source of alternative fuel.
CAFNR exceeded the $60 million goal by $594,981. The college raised approximately $18.1 million through alumni donations; $12 million from friends of the college; $29 million from corporations, foundations and organizations; and $1.4 million from CAFNR faculty, staff and retirees.
Usually, a trip to a research farm involves a long ride from main campus to the facility. When University of Missouri President Gary Forsee and Chancellor Brady Deaton visited the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource’s South Farm, the trip took only a few minutes.