Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

eDNA Tool Detects Invasive Clams Before They Become a Nuisance

The University of Illinois-led team of Rice University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Nevada at Reno used environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect invasive clams in California and Nevada lakes.

New Hampshire's Bees

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station recently completed a study of the state’s local bee population and discovered more than 100 bee species, including 20 that were previously undocumented in the state.

Parasitoids May Control Emerald Ash Borer Population

Researches at University of Kentucky’s Forest Entomology Lab have discovered a closely related native ash borer species that is kept in check by natural enemies, parasitoids. Researchers are investigating whether the native parasitoid can discover and control the invasive emerald ash borer.

The Link Between Pig Production and Quality

With NIFA funding, researchers at North Carolina A&T State University examined how different production systems affect the growth rate and meat quality of different breeds of pigs, including pure Berkshire pigs Hereford, Tamworth, and crossbred pigs.

Crab Shells Could Greatly Reduce Pollution

An inexpensive biomaterial that may be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging has been developed by Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. NIFA supports the research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and the Hatch Act funding.

Breakthrough in Bed Bug Research

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University have developed a fungal biopesticide that has the potential to control bed bugs that are insecticide resistant.

A Watershed Moment for Students

All too often, limited financial resources pose a barrier to completing undergraduate or graduate degrees. A program led by California State University-San Bernardino offered financial support to help students develop skills needed to pursue careers in natural resources and watershed management. Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers was supported through NIFA’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Cattle and Soil Health

Soil health is an underappreciated, but critical element in a thriving agroecosystem.

Too Many Antibiotics May Pose Harm for Bees and Humans

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin discovered that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

Wood Pellets Outperform Fossil Fuels, Natural Gas in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

The research team of University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Spatial Informatics Group in Pleasanton, California, discovered that using wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent vs. home heating oil, and by 59 percent vs. natural gas.