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Talking with U of M

Talking apples with U of M

If you enjoy a Honeycrisp, Haralson, SweeTango or First Kiss apple at your local orchard or farm stand this fall, you can thank the University of Minnesota apple breeding program for putting it there. 

Talking with U of M

Talking climate-ready forests with U of M

Trees have started showing their spectacular fall colors across Minnesota. This year, the changing leaves have come early due to the stresses of ongoing drought. Drought, flooding and higher temperatures associated with climate change are all factors prompting University of Minnesota experts to think about the future of our forests. 

Maya Vellicolungara works in the field.

A passion for pollinators

Entomology grad student Maya Vellicolungara works to increase bumblebee and butterfly abundance and diversity.

a black and white goat

Shedding a light on goat plague

Goats and sheep are essential to the food security of millions of people. Now, U of M researchers have discovered how viruses in the animals interfere with vaccines.

view of St Paul solar array

Powering a cleaner campus

From energy efficient buildings to solar power, the University of Minnesota is working to cut carbon and power a cleaner campus.

old radio equipment and football on shelf of Re-use Center

Working toward zero waste

The University of Minnesota ranks #1 in the Big Ten for keeping waste out of landfills, but we’re not done yet. Discover how we’re working toward zero waste.

Mississippi river with students in canoes

Keeping campus water clean

Situated in the Land of 10,000 lakes and with America’s greatest river running through campus, it’s no surprise that the University of Minnesota takes clean water seriously.

cyclists crossing the commuter bridge over the Mississippi river

Commuting with less carbon

A new Climate Action Plan aims to reduce University of Minnesota emissions from commuting 40 percent by 2033. Explore how we’ll get there.

Research Brief

Investing in nature improves equity, boosts economy

A new study shows that current trends in environmental degradation will lead to large economic losses in the coming decades, hitting the poorest countries hardest. But there is hope: investing in nature can turn those losses into gains.

Buckthorn seedlings on the forest floor. Credit: Michael Schuster
Research Brief

U of M researchers uproot decades of buckthorn management practices

According to new research from the University of Minnesota, buckthorn managers have long overestimated the plant, and in doing so, have given the invasive tree a significant advantage in spreading widely and pushing native species out of woodlands and forests throughout eastern North America.