Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Breakthrough in Bed Bug Research

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University have developed a fungal biopesticide that has the potential to control bed bugs that are insecticide resistant.

A Watershed Moment for Students

All too often, limited financial resources pose a barrier to completing undergraduate or graduate degrees. A program led by California State University-San Bernardino offered financial support to help students develop skills needed to pursue careers in natural resources and watershed management. Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers was supported through NIFA’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Cattle and Soil Health

Soil health is an underappreciated, but critical element in a thriving agroecosystem.

Too Many Antibiotics May Pose Harm for Bees and Humans

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin discovered that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

Wood Pellets Outperform Fossil Fuels, Natural Gas in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

The research team of University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Spatial Informatics Group in Pleasanton, California, discovered that using wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent vs. home heating oil, and by 59 percent vs. natural gas.

NCSU Team for Methyl Bromide Helps Growers Maintain Yields While Improving the Ozone Layer

With the help of extension specialists at NC State University, farmers in the Tarheel State are helping to reduce the size of the ozone hole over the South Pole.

Training Future Environmental Leaders

The Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education and Hispanic Workforce Development (FCCAgE) is a multi-institutional consortium in Florida and Puerto Rico for training Hispanic students in agricultural, biological, and natural resources sciences for career placement. Support was provided by NIFA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Improving Fine Wine Grapes

Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the United States.

Swine Vaccine May Benefit Humans

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

Nanocellulose Effects on Human Food Digestion and Health

A team of scientists is conducting studies that will shed light on ways nanotechnology can impact human health.