Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Aiding in Times of Natural Disasters

In mid-August 2016, residents of southern Louisiana were deluged by storms that brought about two feet of rain, resulting in flood damage to more than 100,000 homes. Several federal agencies, including NIFA and its partner, Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP), sprang into action to help.

Water Treatment Could Prevent Algae Blooms, Reduce Carcinogens

A team at Missouri’s Lincoln University, supported by NIFA funds, developed cost-effective water treatment technologies for small water systems. Preliminary results show that their methods are fast and effective for DOC removal and reduction of DBP forming potential. Pilot-scale studies will be conducted soon to validate lab results.

Research Grant Supports Small Company to Treat Unsafe Well Water

A Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from NIFA is supporting a small company in Wise, Virginia, Micronic Technologies, to pursue commercialization of its new technology to treat unsafe well water to the point where the water meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean drinking water safety standards. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Using Drones to Collect Water Samples

University of Nebraska researchers are using a $956,000 AFRI grant to develop an aerial water sampling system using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

New Mexico Students Join the 'Corps' to Fight Effects of Climate Variability

With the help of a $1 million Hispanic-Serving Institution Education grant, UNM-Taos created the Northern New Mexico Climate Change Corps (CCC) to educate students to respond to climate-related challenges. UNM Taos collaborated with New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) to help students start their education in Taos and transfer to NMHU to complete a bachelor’s degree in forestry, geology, or biology.

Investigating a Variety of Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels

The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio), led by Penn State University, is investigating a variety of feedstocks including short rotation woody crops, switch grass, and miscanthus for advanced biofuels. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Driving Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Air Quality-Related Mortalities

A study at the University of Minnesota suggests that driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce air quality-related mortalities by 70 percent. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) Uses Aerial Lift Platforms to Maintain the Turbines in Flight

Supported by a NIFA Small Business Innovation Research grant, Altaeros Energies of Somerville, Massachusetts, developed the Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), which uses aerial lift platforms to maintain the turbines in flight. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Renewable Sources of Biomass Increase the Availability of Renewable Fuels and Biobased Products

Renewable sources of biomass increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products to help replace the need for gasoline and diesel in vehicles, and diversify our nation’s energy portfolio. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Silvopasture Increases Productivity and Profitability

Researchers at Alabama A&M University developed an integrated research, extension, and outreach program to promote sustainable loblolly-pine/meat goat silvopasture systems. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.