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The winter camelina: University researchers developing new cash cover crop

Research Assistant Professor Katherine Frels, who works in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, discusses the characteristics and uses of camelina at the University's St. Paul campus on Tuesday, Oct. 6.  The plant, useful in creating biofuels, food products, animal feed and more, is adapted to colder climates, making it a profitable choice for Minnesota growers seeking to make use of their fields throughout the winter months.

Becca Most, Campus Activities Reporter

October 7, 2020

Researchers say the new crop will be able to reduce runoff and be profitable for farmers.

UMN researchers say invasive fungus that threatens oak trees is spreading

University of Minnesota Researcher Cathleen Lapadat smells a piece of bark from a Red Oak within Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Bethel, Minn. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. If a Red Oak is infected by Oak Wilt, the inner layers of bark have a “sweet” smell due to the fungal mats.

Becca Most

September 27, 2020

New research into oak wilt allows for better detection and treatment.

Rural areas have higher health premiums and fewer options, UMN research finds

Rural areas have higher health premiums and fewer options, UMN research finds

Becca Most

September 10, 2020

Researchers said COVID-19 has the potential to make disparities worse.

Fulbright scholars adjust research plans to accommodate for COVID-19

Fulbright Fellow Corrie Nyquist poses for a portrait at Van Cleve Park on Thursday, Sep. 3.

Brooke Sheehy

September 7, 2020

University of Minnesota Fulbright scholars are adjusting their research timelines as they prepare to go abroad in January amid uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 travel restrictions. The University announced last month 15 students and recent graduates who were accepted to participate in the Fulbright...

UMN research could help inform future COVID-19 vaccines

The University’s Center for Immunology is working to understand how the body develops antibodies once it has been infected with COVID-19. 

Madeline Deninger

July 30, 2020

Scientists across the world are in search of a COVID-19 vaccine, and University of Minnesota researchers are looking to contribute their own findings to the larger effort.  Possible vaccines have entered the trial stages in the U.S., including one by Massachusetts-based biotech company Moderna. ...

U research finds lower humidity may reduce COVID-19 survivability on surfaces

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Natalie Cierzan

June 16, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers found that humidity may affect COVID-19’s ability to survive on surfaces.  Researchers at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory simulated the droplets that come out of a person’s mouth when they speak or breathe using a nebulizer, a medical device used to change...

With Minnesota State Fair canceled, U research booth halted

The new University of Minnesota Driven to Discover building attracts research subjects at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Natalie Cierzan

June 9, 2020

The Minnesota State Fair’s cancellation has led many University of Minnesota researchers who rely on the fair for research to postpone or take to new strategies. The Driven to Discover Research Facility, launched in 2014, typically uses the thousands of fair attendees every year to help conduct and showc...

More than 1,000 researchers resume work as Twin Cities campus begins to reopen

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

Abbey Machtig

June 2, 2020

With select areas of campus reopening following the guidance of state officials, a growing number of researchers at the University of Minnesota are resuming their work. This process officially began May 1 when University President Joan Gabel announced her “Sunrise Plan” for the gradual reopening...

Around 1,000 researchers resume work as Twin Cities campus begins to reopen

Abbey Machtig

June 2, 2020

With select areas of campus reopening following the guidance of state officials, a growing number of researchers at the University of Minnesota are resuming their work. This process officially began on May 1, when University President Joan Gabel announced her “Sunrise Plan” for the gradual reopening...

UMN researchers’ graph could find COVID-19 treatments

UMN researchers’ graph could find COVID-19 treatments

Natalie Cierzan

June 2, 2020

A graph created by University of Minnesota researchers could lead to more treatment options for COVID-19. Researchers compiled information from multiple COVID-19 databases to create the Drug Repurposing Knowledge Graph, which shows the relationship between genes, compounds, diseases, biological processes...