Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Urban Environments Reduce Honey Bee Survival

A North Carolina State University project found that urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees and reduce honey bee survival. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2015 Annual Report.

What's Impacting the Manila Clam?

A research team from Washington’s Northwest Indian College and Oregon State University have determined that the clam population’s decline is caused by altered sulfur cycling and changes in the clam’s food supply.

Responding to Flint, Michigan's Lead in Water Crisis

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, with partial funding by NIFA, provided an educational and nutritional response to the crisis of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.

A More Efficient Way to Produce Natural Indigo Dyes Using the Indigo Plant

A Small Business Innovation Research program grantee, Stony Creek Colors, located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has found a more efficient way to produce natural indigo dyes using the indigo plant, which avoids the environmental contamination that results from synthetic dyes and also creates jobs in America.

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.