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Image of corn tar spot. Credit: José E. Solórzano
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U of M researchers develop resource to identify corn tar spot

Corn tar spot is a new disease causing significant yield loss in the United States. The lack of information about the pathogen and epidemiology of the disease — which was first reported in the U.S. in 2015 and has since spread to multiple states, including Minnesota in 2019 — has made it difficult to diagnose and treat properly.

Four Black students look at a laptop screen and smile
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New study examines mental-health outcomes for Black students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities

While the outcomes of institutional racism in our education system have been well documented — Black and American Indian students are half as likely to graduate from college within four years compared to white and Asian students — few people know about the impact that structural racism within educational institutions has on mental health outcomes for students.  

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U of M research indicates clues to early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

College of Veterinary Medicine researchers Manci Li and Assistant Professor Peter Larsen looked at existing data from both Alzheimer’s brains and healthy brains to identify the key neuropeptides — the chemical messengers that are released by neurons — involved in Alzheimer’s. They also examined the relationship between neuropeptide activity and aging.