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University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh (back right) and his colleagues create animated educational videos as part of the Scientific Animations Without Borders project. Pictured: back row left: entomology research scientist Weilin Sun; front row from left: SAWBO co-founder Julia Bello-Bravo, who also is assistant director of the Illinois Strategic International Partnership; graduate students Julia Steele and Alice Vossbrinck; and research specialist Susan Balfe.

Agricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animations

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 10, 2012

Agricultural researchers and health educators are using cellphone technology to help those in the developing world address some of the most challenging issues they face. The initiative, Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), delivers educational materials in the form of narrated, animated videos to a global audience.

Published Date: December 10, 2012


In a time of record-high food insecurity rates in the U.S., cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the former Food Stamp Program) is the wrong approach to fighting hunger, says Craig Gundersen, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois.

Expert: With food insecurity rising in U.S., SNAP benefits should be left alone

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:September 12, 2012

In a time of record-high food insecurity rates in the U.S., cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the former Food Stamp Program) is the wrong approach to fighting hunger, says Craig Gundersen, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois.

Published Date: September 12, 2012


Some Western corn rootworms, like this gravid (egg-carrying) female, survive on soybean leaves long enough to lay their eggs in soybean fields. When their eggs hatch, the larvae feed on corn roots when the same fields are planted in corn the following year.

Team discovers how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 19, 2012

A new study answers a question that has baffled researchers for more than 15 years: How does the western corn rootworm an insect that thrives on corn but dies on soybeans persist in fields that alternate between corn and soybeans? The answer, researchers say, has to do with enzyme production in the rootworm gut.

Published Date: July 19, 2012


University of Illinois emeritus professor of biochemistry Robert Switzers new memoir traces the 75-year history of his familys dairy farm in northwestern Illinois.

Memoir tracks the life, decline and death of an Illinois family farm

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 30, 2012

There is no sentimentality in Robert Switzers modestly titled new book, A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm. Switzer, an emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois, begins with a quote (from Victor Davis Hansons own book on farming) that the American yeoman farmer is doomed, and describes the internal and external forces that led to the decline and demise of his familys farm in northwest Illinois.

Published Date: May 30, 2012


Illinois researchers  from left, Jong-Shi Pang, Yun Ba and Yanfeng Ouyang  developed models for optimizing and evaluating the biofuel feedstock supply chain, addressing layers of competition not only between the biofuel market and the food market, but also among individual farmers.

Study: Optimizing biofuel supply chain is a competitive game

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 18, 2012

According to new models created by University of Illinois researchers, most studies of the" food versus fuel" debate so far have overlooked a key factor: selfish and possibly competing interests of the biofuel industry and individual farmers, who independently seek the most profit from their crops.

Published Date: April 18, 2012