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U interns are helping Minnesota businesses solve stubborn challenges 

Deborah Swackhamer receives Warren A. Hall Medal

Deborah Swackhamer

Former Water Resources Center co-director is honored by Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) 

Species spread in spurts — and here’s why

Lauren Sullivan and Allison Shaw

Research led by University of Minnesota ecologists bring hope for better holding non-native invaders at bay

Nitrogen, phosphorus from fertilizers and pet waste polluting urban water

Drain

U research team discovers households are the main sources of nutrient pollutants in the Twin Cities urban watershed. 

New Bell Museum features bird-safe glass windows

bird safe glass

All of the exterior windows at the new Bell Museum feature a custom patterned glass to aid in bird conservation.

Super sponge promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more

Sponge before and after mercury removal

Mercury is toxic and removing it from water is challenging. Professor Abdennour Abbas and team created a sponge to help.

Study finds secret to diverse forests’ super success

trees fitting available space

Enhanced ability to divvy up vertical space provides productivity boost trees see when multiple species grow together

Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

dauenhauer lab

Discovery could have major impact on the multi-billion dollar tire industry.

Caves in Central China show history of natural flood patterns

Layers of stalagmite

UMN researchers use cave structures to identify historical precipitation.

Forever Green Initiative takes root

A green crop in a field beneath a blue sky

U scientists are working together to develop the next generation of crops. 

“Perfect” soap molecule from renewable sources wins top Dow SISCA prize

Students

Award recognizes students and universities for innovative research that encourages & promotes sustainable solutions

Losses of soil carbon under climate warming might equal US carbon emissions

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Losses of soil carbon under climate warming might equal U.S. carbon emissions, further accelerating climate warming

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