Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

New Ornamental Blueberries Bred for Home Landscapes

University of Georgia plant breeder Scott NeSmith has created blueberry varieties for the commercial market.

Modifying Hen Diets Reduces Egg Facility Emissions

Iowa is the nation's number-one state in egg production.

Pollen Collected By U.S. Honey Bees in Urban Settings Show Dramatic Seasonal Variation

The diversity and availability of pollen foraged by honey bees across urban and suburban areas in the United States varies drastically with the seasons.

Online Hands-On Mapping System Helps Keep Pollinators Safe

A multi-institutional research team led by Penn State University developed Beescape, an online tool to help beekeepers understand what resources and risks bees may encounter when they leave the hive.

Growing with Compost May Protect Guam’s Water Supply

Guam relies heavily on its underground aquifer for water sources in the northern part of the island. At the University of Guam, Soil Scientist Dr. Mohammad Golabi wanted to find out whether the application of composted organic waste to crops would have any potential adverse effects on Guam’s underground aquifer.

Carbon Cycle Dynamics Within Oregon's Agricultural Landscapes

Oregon’s forests are among the highest carbon density forests in the world, and have the potential to store more.

Plastic Water Bottles May One Day Fly People Cross-Country

A research group led by Washington State University scientists has found a way to turn daily plastic waste products into jet fuel.

Stopping Malaria at its Source

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 445,000 people died of malaria in 2016—most were young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Penn State’s Matthew Thomas and an international team of researchers have developed an in-home solution aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.

Agriculture Thrives in Virginia

The network Agricultural Research and Extension Centers around Virginia help the Commonwealth’s number one industry — agriculture — thrive.

Beneficial Insects and Pollinators in Nebraska

In 2018, Nebraska Extension reached 1,475 people at five pollinator and bee-focused community events, including Lincoln Bee Fun Day, Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City, Pollinator Palooza, Brews & Bees, and Wild Adventure at Pioneer Park.