blog postsCampus LifeAgricultureADM funds new postharvest instituteFeb 17, 2011 9:00 am23 views Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced a $10 million grant to establish the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the UI. The global institute will work with farmers in the developing world to help preserve millions of metric tons of grains and oilseeds lost each year to pests, disease, mishandling and other factors.AgricultureAgricultural robot may be ‘game changer’ for crop growers, breedersFeb 23, 2017 9:45 am1460 views A semiautonomous robot being developed by University of Illinois scientists may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data that crop breeders can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.Life SciencesAgricultureHealthAnti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.BusinessAgricultureLawApologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study saysJun 2, 2010 9:00 am347 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology.AgricultureArsenic removal from drinking water is focus of new projectsApr 6, 2005 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More stringent federal standards for acceptable levels of arsenic in public drinking water go into effect next year, a prospect that has resulted in four new research projects on arsenic.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessAs more corn is used for ethanol, how will we make up for lost food production?Mar 14, 2008 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economicsPhysical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringBioenergy crops could store more carbon in soilOct 2, 2014 9:00 am401 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In addition to providing renewable energy, grass crops like switchgrass and miscanthus could store some of the carbon they pull from the atmosphere in the soil, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.AgricultureBt corn variety study shows no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillarsJun 5, 2000 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A Bt corn variety grown widely in East Central Illinois in 1999 had no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillars that thrive in weeds alongside cornfields, according to both field and laboratory studies at the University of Illinois.Campus LifeAgricultureArtsHumanitiesCarr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poetsJan 29, 2013 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Graber - a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip - will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.HealthAgricultureLife SciencesChickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am8 views Understanding and treatment of human ovarian cancer, known as the silent killer, may be a step closer thanks to some chickens at the UI. Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in women and unlike other cancers, its rate of mortality has not been reduced.AgricultureLife SciencesChill-tolerant hybrid sugarcane also grows at lower temperatures, team findsJul 28, 2015 8:00 am789 views U.S. farmers have long hoped to extend sugarcane’s growing range northward from the Gulf coast, substantially increasing the land available for sugar and biofuels. Several hybrid canes developed in the 1980s have proved hardy in cooler climes, surviving overwinter as far north as Booneville, Arkansas. But until now, no one had tested whether these “miscanes,” as they are called, actually photosynthesize, and thus continue to grow, when the thermometer dips.AgricultureHealthConsumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re soldJan 14, 2016 9:00 am751 views The organic food industry has grown from fresh produce and grains to snack foods and condiments – from farmers markets to supercenters. Has this new variety in organic products, and the availability of them, affected consumers’ perceptions?Expert ViewpointsAgricultureHealthDoes the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramAgricultureDrones give farmers eyes in the sky to check on crop progressJun 4, 2014 9:00 am546 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones - unmanned aerial vehicles - on the university's South Farms.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessDrought, crop insurance, and farm profitabilityAug 8, 2012 9:00 am23 views A Minute With™... Gary D. Schnitkey, an agricultural economistEducationAgricultureE-Learning can have positive effect on classroom learning, scholar saysNov 26, 2008 9:00 am807 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Traditional classroom teaching in higher education could learn a thing or two from online teaching, otherwise known as e-learning, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies computer-mediated communication, information exchange and the Internet.AgricultureLife SciencesEfficient fertilizer use could benefit river without hurting crop yieldsNov 7, 2001 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A computational study on nitrogen inputs to the Mississippi River Basin from the 1950s to the 1990s suggests that better use of the fertilizer such as not over-applying it could substantially reduce the amount of nitrates flowing down river without compromising crop yields.HonorsAgricultureAnnouncementsEngineeringHealthLife SciencesPhysical SciencesEight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am5989 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."AgricultureEnvironmental effects of biofuels crops must be weighed, researchers saySep 22, 2006 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Biofuels advocates should not ignore the potential ecological side effects of crops being developed to produce such fuels, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says in an article being published today in Science.BusinessAgricultureLawExpert: Keep consumer protection agency free of 'regulatory capture'Jan 9, 2012 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of "regulatory capture" is now more acute than ever, according to a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.AgricultureExport of wood pellets from US to EU more environmentally friendly than coalNov 20, 2015 9:30 am1101 views A new study co-written by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, found that harvesting wood pellets in the U.S. and exporting them to the EU was more environmentally friendly than burning coal in the EU to generate electricity.AgricultureFast-growing kudzu making inroads in Illinois, authorities warnOct 20, 2005 9:00 am486 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To all Illinois residents: Be on the lookout for kudzu. This high-climbing, fast-growing weed, which is illegal to buy, grow and plant in Illinois, smothers existing vegetation and has been spotted in more than 30 Illinois counties.AgricultureFood-crop yields in future greenhouse-gas conditions lower than expectedJun 29, 2006 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Open-air field trials involving five major food crops grown under carbon-dioxide levels projected for the future are harvesting dramatically less bounty than those raised in earlier greenhouse and other enclosed test conditions - and scientists warn that global food supplies could be at risk without changes in production strategies.AgricultureHealthFoodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am11 views Will you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a UI scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply.Campus LifeAgricultureGallery offers first comprehensive U.S. look at Japanese architect's workSep 30, 2008 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be exhibited Oct. 10 through Nov. 15 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.AgricultureGiant reed is a photosynthetic outlier, study findsMar 7, 2016 11:30 am886 views Arundo donax, a giant reed that grows in the Mediterranean climate zones of the world, isn’t like other prolific warm-weather grasses, researchers report. This grass, which can grow annually to 6 meters (nearly 20 feet) in height, uses a type of photosynthesis that is more common to crop plants like soybeans, rice and peanuts.AgriculturePhysical SciencesGoal of project is development of petroleum-free fuelDec 2, 2004 9:00 am0 views Developing a petroleum-free fuel from corn byproducts is one of the goals of a newly funded research project at the UI. Eight research laboratories will pool their expertise, attacking the problems from different directions in order to work to improve the efficiency of bioconversion of plant fibers into fuels and other value-added products.AgricultureGrocery stores find security in locally produced beefJan 22, 2004 9:00 am2 views Knowing where, how and by whom your steak dinner was raised recently has become a more pressing question for Americans. Several independent grocery stores in Chicago have found a locally produced beef marketed under the label Illinois Crown Beef that they say they can sell to their customers with confidence because they know where it came from. AgricultureGrowing numbers of corn farmers ignoring refuge requirementMay 12, 2011 9:00 am213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 90 percent of Illinois corn producers polled at the University of Illinois Extension Corn and Soybean Classic meetings indicated that they planned to plant corn that was genetically modified with the insect-killing protein Bacillus thuringiensis this spring.AgricultureEngineeringHand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniquesMar 2, 2017 9:15 am1631 views Using precision agriculture, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an algorithm to help producers of hand-picked crops such as strawberries determine the optimal time to transport their highly perishable crop from the field to cold storage.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessHow will widespread flooding of farmland affect commodity prices?May 25, 2011 9:00 am13 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Gary D. SchnitkeyAgricultureHybrid grass may prove to be valuable fuel sourceSep 27, 2005 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Giant Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus), a hybrid grass that can grow 13 feet high, may be a valuable renewable fuel source for the future, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say.CampusAgricultureEngineeringIllinois engineer wins MacArthur fellowshipSep 17, 2014 9:00 am243 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant," from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.AgricultureLife SciencesIllinois growers are running out of options in fight against waterhempSep 14, 2016 8:00 am823 views Resistance to multiple herbicides is the new norm for populations of waterhemp, a common agricultural weed. With their herbicide options dwindling and nothing new on the horizon, Illinois growers must be strategic in how they manage waterhemp-infested fields, says a University of Illinois expert on crop weed management.AgricultureInformation on three new agricultural pests enhances web tool for farmersApr 12, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three more pests - fruit tree leafroller, lilac borer and western bean cutworm - have been added this spring to the Illinois State Water Survey's Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program, a Web-based tool that provides helpful information for the state's farmers.AnnouncementsAgricultureKidwell named College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences deanJul 15, 2016 9:15 am2526 views Currently the executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, Kimberlee Kidwell will be the new U. of I. dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. She also will hold the inaugural Robert A. Easter Chair.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureHealthLabeling genetically engineered foodMay 28, 2014 9:00 am39 views A Minute With™... Bruce M. Chassy, a professor emeritus of food science and human nutritionAgricultureHealthLinks between hunger and health lead to recommendation that doctors screen patients for food insecurityNov 5, 2015 2:00 pm109 views Almost 50 million people in the United States are food insecure – that is, they lack access to adequate food because of limited money or other resources. University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen and University of Kentucky’s James P. Ziliak examined recent research on food insecurity and its association with poor health, and offer suggestions including that doctors screen for hunger.AgricultureLivestock donation programs reduce poverty, improve food security and nutritionOct 11, 2016 9:00 am806 views Research from U. of I. agricultural economists Peter Goldsmith and Alex Winter-Nelson found that the direct donation of livestock to impoverished communities in rural Africa had numerous positive effects ranging from a reduction in poverty to an increase in gender empowerment.AgricultureEducationMaster Naturalists needed to preserve Illinois' environmentAug 11, 2015 1:00 pm385 views Adults who have a passion for the outdoors – and are interested in sharing that with others – are needed statewide as volunteers in the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program.Life SciencesAgricultureHealthMastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigueDec 15, 2009 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Physical activity is known to reduce depression and fatigue in people struggling with chronic illness. A new study indicates that this effect may stem from an individual's sense of mastery over - or belief in his or her ability to achieve - certain physical goals.AgricultureEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesMeasure of age in soil nitrogen could help precision agricultureJul 25, 2016 8:00 am1439 views University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching.AgricultureLife SciencesMiscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootwormJan 5, 2010 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The western corn rootworm beetle, a pest that feasts on corn roots and corn silk and costs growers more than $1 billion annually in the U.S., also can survive on the perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus, a potential biofuels crop that would likely be grown alongside corn, researchers report.AgricultureLife SciencesMolecular techniques are man's new best friend in pet obesity researchApr 9, 2013 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - According to the World Health Organization, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. And it's not just humans who are packing on the pounds. Our furry companions are plagued by an obesity epidemic of their own. More than 50 percent of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.ArtsAgricultureHumanitiesNew master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpretersApr 29, 2013 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The demand for translators and interpreters is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by the year 2020, and a new program at the University of Illinois will offer a master's degree to equip graduates to fill those jobs. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.'s Center for Translation Studies, says the program offers both on-campus and online options, and is accepting applications now for courses that will begin in the fall.Physical SciencesAgricultureEngineeringNew method helps map species' genetic heritageDec 11, 2014 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo - the heron or the sparrow?AgricultureNutritious frozen foods can play role in weight-loss programsJun 8, 2005 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Size matters when it comes to meal portions in weight-loss diets, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And consuming convenient, nutritious frozen dinners may be a way to control portion size.AgricultureLife SciencesPineapple genome offers insight into photosynthesis in drought-tolerant plantsNov 2, 2015 10:00 am1510 views By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. The new findings, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, also open a new window on the complicated evolutionary history of grasses like sorghum and rice, which share a distant ancestor with pineapple.Life SciencesAgriculturePlant breeder boosts soybean diversity, develops soybean rust-resistant plantMay 12, 2015 2:30 pm270 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It took decades of painstaking work, but research geneticist Ram Singh managed to cross a popular soybean variety (“Dwight” Glycine max) with a related wild perennial plant that grows like a weed in Australia, producing the first fertile soybean plants that are resistant to soybean rust, soybean cyst nematode and other pathogens of soy.AgricultureLife SciencesPollinator habitat program spreads bad seeds with the goodDec 7, 2016 8:30 am7012 views Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds – including seeds of the potentially devastating agricultural weed Palmer amaranth – along with the good. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have traced the weed seeds to at least one source: pollinator habitat seed sold by a company in the Midwest.