Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

United States and Israel Collaborative Research: Safe Recycle of Aquaponics and Hydroponics Water

Scientists from the University of Illinois and Agricultural Research Organization in Israel are collaborating to reduce the use of water in aquaponics and hydroponics.

Alabama Ensuring the Cotton Industry Doesn’t Shrink

From the shirts on our backs to the bandages we use to help heal our wounds, cotton is an important part of our daily lives.

Good and Bad Worms

To assist farmers, producers, crop advisors, and others interested in learning more about managing parasitic worms, the Multistate Research Fund, a NIFA initiative to foster collaboration among universities, has implemented a project to provide simple, low-cost tools and methods for effectively managing nematodes and protecting soil health.

Managing Utah’s Pest Problem

Utah State University Extension includes entomologists and plant pathologists who serve the communities by addressing various plant and pest issues. The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL) serves on the Utah School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition and provides IPM training to public health employees and public, private, and charter school faculty and staff.

Bees and Trees

A University of Kentucky (UK) entomology doctoral student, Bernadette Mach, has developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. The list can help homeowners find the right plants for their yards to help conserve bees.

The Coast is Clear

At the Universities of Connecticut and Rhode Island, a team of Extension and Sea Grant educators is addressing coastal preparedness with funding from the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program. UConn Extension has created a preparedness education program to help people, including those with pets and livestock, prepare for storm emergencies.

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

With NIFA funding, Alvaro Romero, a scientist from the New Mexico State University is working with other researchers to educate the public about using an integrated pest management approach to detect and prevent bed bugs.

Clean Water Act Dramatically Cut Pollution in U.S. Waterways

The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in U.S. water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades, by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.

Family Tree of Forestry

A recent Pennsylvania State University project looked at the issue of intergenerational land transfer to help land-owning families preserve forests and address other challenges, such as invasive species.

Kelp, Commerce, and Cleaner Water

Over time, the wetland is being affected by development and harmful algal blooms, like the brown tide that devastated the local scallop industry in 1985. The Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, New York, is investigating whether sugar kelp can be grown commercially and help improve local water quality.