James Schnable standing among corn plants
Stalk-worn sensor to measure crops’ water use

July 31, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Wearable technology will soon move from wrist to stalk, swapping measures of blood flow and respiration for sap flow and transpiration.

Their design won’t have anyone confusing growing season with fashion season, but the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s James Schnable and Iowa State University colleagues are developing a Fitbit-like sensor to be worn by corn and other thick-stemmed crops.

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Angie Pannier
Pannier earns Presidential Early Career Award

July 5, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher Angie Pannier has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The award is the highest honor presented by the United States government to scientists and engineers who are in the beginning stages of their research careers. It is reserved for individuals who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology fields.

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Dean Tala Awada speaking in front of multimedia displays
Ag Research Division co-hosts national agroecosystem research meeting

June 12, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Scientists from across the country converged in Lincoln June 4-6 for the annual meeting of the Long-term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Network. The meeting was co-hosted by the Agricultural Research Division (ARD) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). 

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microscopic view of bacteria
Research aims to prevent resistance to staph infection treatment

June 12, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Researchers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are working to halt resistance to an antibiotic used to treat serious staph infections in humans.

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a field of wildflowers
Study explores value of Nebraska’s roadside restoration efforts

May 8, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. —The idea of a road trip across Nebraska can be appealing for a number of reasons, including the beautiful grasses and wildflowers found along roadsides throughout the state. Much of that vegetation has come from the revegetation practices of the Nebraska Department of Transportation which has teamed up with researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to evaluate these efforts.

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Joe Louis
Study of sorghum-munching aphids earns NSF award

April 17, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — A tiny invader’s gooey march through U.S. sorghum fields continues to devastate crop yields, forcing some farmers out of the sorghum business despite the crop’s increasing importance.

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proso millet
Sequenced Genome of Ancient Crop Could Raise Yields

March 5, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Humanity has finally gotten to know one of its oldest, hardiest crops on a genetic level.

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages.

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Joe Louis with a collection of leaves infested by corn-leaf aphids.
Experiments underscore overlooked aspect of defending corn from pest

February 27, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — A chemical compound typically cast as a supporting actor in corn’s defense against a tiny pest might instead take a leading role, says a research-based rewrite from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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Nebraska's David Holding (right) and Leandra Marshall (left) are developing lines of popcorn featuring higher levels of lysine, an amino acid essential to the diets of humans and some livestock.
Genes to proteins: Efforts enriching nutrition of popcorn, sorghum

February 18, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Two kernels of the same idea — cultivating protein quality in cereal grains — are reaching maturity at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The quality of protein often gets overshadowed amid the spotlight on its quantity. But that quality — the presence or absence of amino acids essential to the diets of humans and livestock — occupies the mind of Nebraska’s David Holding.

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Dr. Ozan Ciftci, ARD Dean and Director Archie Clutter, and Dr. Yufeng Ge
Junior Faculty Earn Awards for Excellence in Research - 2018

The Agricultural Research Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln presented the 2018 Junior Faculty Recognition for Excellence in Research Award to Food Science and Technology assistant professor Ozan Ciftci and Biological Systems Engineering's Yufeng Ge on February 12th

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