Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Waste Not, Want Not

Researchers at West Virginia State University (WVU) are investigating how to use anaerobic digestion to treat and use organic wastes from animal farms, agriculture and industry.

Scouting Out Bugs in North Dakota

For nearly 20 years, North Dakota State University has maintained an active Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Crop Scout Program. In recent years, scouts have expanded their surveying to monitor all parts of the state for insect pests and diseases of four major field crops (wheat, barley, soybeans, and sunflowers) grown in the state.

Safe Haven from Natural Disasters

Last year, residents of southern Louisiana were hit by storms that damaged more than 100,000 homes.

Bumble Bee Queens Under Pressure

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that environmental threats are piling onto the stress faced by nest-building bumble bee queens. The team found that exposure to a widely used insecticide and a poor diet negatively impacted bumble bee queens’ health and work, which could have dramatic consequences on an already dwindling pollinator group.

Beetle-killed Trees Become Biofuel

Since 1996, an estimated 42 million acres of U.S. forests have been killed due to infestations from pine and spruce bark beetles.

Salton Sea Dust and Your Health

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside investigating the composition of particulate matter (PM) and its sources at the Salton Sea have found that this shrinking lake in Southern California is exposing large areas of dry lakebed, called playa, that are acting as new dust sources with the potential to impact human health.

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.