Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Wheat Virus in the Great Plains

In 2013,Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Dr. Shuyu Liu received a research grant on plant disease management through the NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

KSU Patents Biodegradable Adhesive

Kansas State University researchers have patented the first plant-based resin of its kind that would be ideal for re-adherable painters' tape, labels, packing tapes, stationery notes and other adhesive uses.

Climate-Induced Soil Changes may Cause More Erosion and Flash Flooding

A University of California- Riverside (UCR) team of researchers predicts a climate-induced reduction in large soil pores, which may intensify the water cycle and contribute to more flash flooding and soil erosion by the end of the 21st century. This is the first study to show that the development of macropores is influenced by climate at short timescales and it reinforces the hypothesis that climate change will probably intensify the water cycle.

Protecting Georgia's Pollinators

Many gardeners do not realize how insecticides work in the garden, or how essential pollinating insects are to the success of the food garden. University of Georgia Extension created its Pollinator Spaces Project in response to this issue.

Dairy Cows’ Carbon Footprints from Barn to Field

A University of Wisconsin–Madison researcher began using a specialized device to measure the methane being exhaled or belched by a group of Holsteins and Jerseys. It was the first step in an ongoing study by dairy scientists, engineers, and agronomists to see how a cow’s breed and forage consumption affect the greenhouse gases generated by her gut and her manure.

Biodegradable Plastic Mulch

Sintim’s Western SARE-funded graduate student project tests four biodegradable plastic mulches. The good news is that in the early stages of the project the biodegradable plastic mulches maintain soil microclimate similar to the polyethylene mulch and provide similar benefits.

White Pine Needle Damage Slowing Growth, Hampering Health of New England’s Trees

White Pine Needle Damage, a complex of foliar diseases that is being accelerated by the region’s warmer, wetter springs, is slowing the growth and hampering the health of New England’s Eastern white pines, according to new research.

MSU Extension Responded in Real Time to Water Crisis

In November 2015, Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU Extension, provided an educational and nutritional response to the lead contamination water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Study Provides Evidence of Parental Infanticide in a Grassland Bird Species

University of Illinois (UI) researchers are monitoring dickcissel nests as part of a larger ongoing study examining the effects of fire, grazing, and herbicide application on the grassland-dwelling species. In extremely rare cases, parents have been observed removing their own chicks from their nests. The new study documents the mysterious and fatal behavior in dickcissels for the first time.

Active Management Sustains the Health and Productivity of Working Forests in Washington State

Washington State University Extension -- working with state and USDA partners, and stretching educational services to neighboring Oregon and Idaho landowners, executed a sequence of classroom-based and "out-in-the-woods" educational experiences that helped 1,500 landowners implement forest health and wildfire hazard mitigation practices across 125,000 acres of their ownerships. This impact was featured in the September 13, 2018 Fresh from the Field issue.