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Tiffany LaShae works out in the field.

Sowing seeds of change

Grad student and farmer Tiffany LaShae is healing the soil … and the historical trauma of a racist food system.

Elm cuttings in a greenhouse

Survivor elms

U of M researchers are wrangling the charismatic trees’ innate ability to fend off Dutch elm disease.

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Talking sustainable Minnesota landscapes with the U of M

Extension horticulture educator Julie Weisenhorn says this is a good time to slow down and take stock of how choices made in our yards and gardens can have an impact on the environment in Minnesota and beyond. 

Expert Alert

Highly invasive jumping worms

The highly invasive jumping worm, which can damage soil and gardens, has spread across several Midwestern states, including Minnesota. 

Matty Bygd, blonde, in lab coat, stands before a row of shelves well stocked with chemical reagents.

A bacterial bullseye

A graduate student finds a bacterium that could detoxify long-lived chemical pollutants known as PFAS. 

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Talking aquatic invasive species with the U of M

Nick Phelps, Ph.D., with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about the steps you can take to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and what researchers are currently doing to make a difference. 

A wolf on trail approaching a camera

A window into the wild north

Through a combination of advancing technology, social media, and charismatic subjects, research on wolves in northern Minnesota has caught the attention of millions.

Research Brief

Solving the Honeycrisp apple ancestry mystery

Ancestry tests aren’t just for people or pets anymore. Thanks to DNA-based tracking, researchers at the University of Minnesota have finally traced the family tree of the Honeycrisp apple. 

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Expert Alert

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Carol Cardona, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Abby Schuft, an Extension educator focused on biosecurity, speak about the impact of HPAI and what Minnesotans could expect in the coming months.

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Embracing controlled burns to prevent wildfire spread

Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology Lee Frelich provides expert comment on the effectiveness of prescribed burns and explains how this strategy could make a difference going forward.