Agriculture systems and technology

Swine Vaccine May Benefit Humans

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have discovered a swine vaccine.

Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Reveals New Insights

University of Connecticut (UConn) scientist Steven Szczepanek, in collaboration with researchers from Plum Island Animal Disease Center, worked on a universal vaccine that may cover various types of the virus.

Soybean Research May Reduce the Need for Nitrogen Fertilizer

A Washington State University (WSU) biologist has developed a way to increase soybean quality and yield by using the plant’s unique ability to pull nitrogen from the air.

Computing the End of E. Coli Contamination

Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) developed the first dynamic systems model to understand the pathway of E. coli in leafy green production. This model simulates the effects of soil, irrigation, cattle, wild pigs, and rainfall on a hypothetical farm.

New Discovery, More Bees Mark Michigan’s First Full Bee Census

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates.

Native Plants and Crop Diseases

A new study proves that a common wheat virus can harm native grasses. With Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funding, researchers from Michigan State University, University of Kansas, and University of Virginia revealed the need for a better understanding of virus ecology to help protect native plants from crop diseases.

The Honeycrisp Apple’s Family Tree

Since its release in 1991, the origins of the Honeycrisp apple have been a mystery. Originally billed as the child of Macoun and Honeygold, researchers quickly discovered that neither of these varieties were the parents of Minnesota's favorite apple. Twenty-six years later, Nick Howard discovered the true lineage of the Honeycrisp apple.

Two New Wheat Viruses Found in Oklahoma

Plant viruses are one of the leading causes of yield losses in wheat and other crops. Wheat is the leading crop in Oklahoma and garners more than $600 million in revenue to the state. To help farmers recognize the symptoms of plant viruses, University of Tulsa Plant Virologist/Plant Pathologist Dr. Akhtar Ali led a project to catalog viruses found on Oklahoma wheat.

Florida Takes a Bite out of Conehead Termites

An invasive termite in Southeastern Florida is losing its grip on the area, thanks to successful eradication efforts by a multi-agency working group.

Ornamental Fish Food

Ornamental aquarium fish like the clownfish Nemo and his pal the royal blue tang Dory one day may be dining on high-quality yet inexpensive white worms grown in New England.