Listening for Danger

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects' chewing

Cabbage butterfly caterpillar feeding on Arabidopsis plant where, on an adjacent leaf, a piece of reflective tape helps record vibrations. Courtesy Roger Meissen Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis,…

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A New Tool for Agriculture

CAFNR iPhone app connects users to Mizzou

Since its inception in 1870, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri has provided the best for the people of the state. Now it is bringing the research and stories from its world-renowned scientists and researchers directly to your iPhone. The new CAFNR smart phone app features stories, highlights events, showcases CAFNR’s Agricultural Research…

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Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Field Days

Events are a chance to learn from researchers at your local research center

At last year’s Field Day at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Tim Reinbott, … Expand ▸At last year’s Field Day at Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, speaks to the crowd about what do cover crops contribute to soil nutrient availability and fertility. The main goal of any…

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Collegiate Collaboration

At CAFNR's research centers, working with other universities is the norm

The high tunnel greenhouse at the Southwest Research Center is part of a collaborative project between CAFNR and Lincoln University. On a summer day last year, Horticulture Specialist Shon Bishop walked into the high tunnel greenhouse at Southwest Research Center. The center in Mt. Vernon, owned by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, recently installed…

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A Safer Bean

'Healthy' soybeans can replace oils with unsafe trans fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Nov. 7 that they were ruling trans fats as unsafe in food. This determination could ultimately lead to a ban of trans fats in baked goods and many other foods, such as icings and fried foods. Trans fats have been linked to increased risks for heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at the University of Missouri have been working for years to create…

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The Root Cause

Team narrows search for parasite that destroys soybean yields

A team of scientists from the University of Missouri, the University of Georgia and the Beijing Genome Institute have used next-generation sequencing to identify two genes — out of approximately 50,000 possibilities — that defend soybeans from damage caused by the root-knot nematode (RKN) parasite.  This parasite causes millions of dollars in yield losses each year in the United…

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A Field Day and Retirement Party

CAFNR's Delta Center celebrated its 50th Field Day and its long-time supervisor

Update: On Sept. 2, MU Vice Chancellor and Dean Thomas Payne, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, announced the Center would be renamed the T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research Center to honor the dedication and leadership of retiring superintendent, T.E. “Jake” Fisher. Although Fisher retires at the end of September, his work ethic and leadership will continue to impact MU…

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After the Deluge

Flooded farmlands in southeast Missouri are too important not to restore

The Mississippi River region that was flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole on the 35-mile-long Bird’s Point-New Madrid floodway is too economically important not to restore to agricultural use, said a University of Missouri professor who conducts soil and crop research in the area. The floodway, which follows the Mississippi River through two Missouri counties, is…

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Sweet Fuel

Sweet sorghum is great for moonshine and might be a promising Missouri-made biofuel

During World War II, when sugar was rationed, bootleggers used the juice of sweet sorghum to make moonshine. Now researchers at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center are studying ways to boost the plant’s potential to brew not booze, but biofuel. The corn-like grass, which can grow to 12 feet, shows promise as a source of ethanol, said Gene Stevens, MU College of Agriculture, Food…

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After the storm

Delta Center personnel help stabilize southern Missouri after one of the worst ice storms in decades

It is one of the worst natural disasters to hit southern Missouri in decades. The winter storm that began Jan. 26 brought three days of ice, sleet and snow accumulations of 8 inches. At the peak, almost 100,000 people were without power from Poplar Bluff, across the Missouri Bootheel into southern Illinois. Tens of thousands shivered in sub-freezing temperatures. More than a hundred shelters had…

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