Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

Cotton IPM Saves Millions

Integrated pest management (IPM) seeks to reduce risks to people and the environment and economic risks to growers while effectively managing pests.

Canopy Modification for Macadamia Nut Orchards

The University of Hawaii's Alyssa Cho showed that pruning the canopy in macadamia orchards reduces populations of a key pest, felted coccid, by half.

SERS-Based Sensing Platform Detects Contaminants

Fresh produce is increasingly associated with chemical and biological contaminants, such as pesticides and foodborne pathogens.

Wildfires Affect Nitrogen and Water Quality

Forest fires are increasing in frequency and intensity in the western United States. Researchers at the University of California, Davis evaluated the effects of wildfire on the molecular transformation of nitrogen.

Reduced Herbicide Use in Tree Plantations

Oregon State University and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement conducted large-scale experiments to test the effects of herbicides on pollinators and other insects, deer and elk, birds, and plant species.

Leveraging Basic Ecology to Improve Water Quality and Aquaculture Production

Blooms of toxigenic cyanobacteria poison aquaculture ponds around the world.

Farms to Food Banks in Kentucky

In 2017, The Kentucky Association of Food Banks received a $400,000 Community Food Projects grant for the Farms To Food Banks Capacity Building project.

Students Engaging the Environment Collaborate to Assess Aquatic Invasive Species

Invasive fish species pose a significant threat to aquaculture, fisheries, the sport fishing industry, water resources, and the environment.

Police Officer Duty Gear Carriage Improvements

Police officers spend approximately 50 percent of their shift inside a cramped patrol vehicle conducting tasks such as patrolling, laptop use, and paper work. Musculoskeletal injuries are reported to be high among the law enforcement community with low back pain being the most common reported.

Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans

​The Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) - Farming for the Future program in Manhattan, Kansas, is developing a 320-acre diversified regional training center.