Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Beyond Honey Bees

Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have made a complete assessment of native and domesticated pollinators in the Great Lakes region. Their report may provide answers in conservation and best management practices.

Future Foresters

​The natural resources workforce can benefit from more diverse perspectives. New Mexico State University is helping foster that by providing career-track opportunities for underrepresented students in this arena. NRCT was supported by a NIFA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Combating Clam Decline

In recent decades, there has been a steady decline of the Manila clam on the tidal flats of the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, Washington.

Collaborating to Increase Educational Opportunities

The University of Texas at El Paso recently led a collaborative network of four regional universities to introduce students to the agricultural sciences. BGREEN was supported through the NIFA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips

A NIFA-funded venture by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii-Manoa has resulted in a new iPad application, Estimate, that helps determine plant disease diversity.

Bacteria Can Lead to Insect Population Control

Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and Yale University, Connecticut, have discovered genes from a common bacterium that can be utilized to sterilize male insects.

Buying Local Dairy May Have Unexpected Effects

If more Northeast consumers buy local dairy, that could have some positive and negative effects on the supply chain, according to research from Penn State and Cornell universities.

Natural Plant Could Help Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

A natural defense that helps plants ward off insect predators could lead to better crops and new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as discovered by NIFA-supported researchers at Washington State University (WSU).

The Declining Flight of the Bumble Bee

New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest is home to nearly 140 species of native bees, including two species of native bumble bees that are in decline in the Northeast.

Grass Fungus May Cost $1 Billion

Grass fungus may cause $1 billion in annual livestock production losses.