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BBE researchers develop new tool to help farmers make crop input decisions

July 15, 2021

The new tool developed by BBE faculty allows farmers to create a budget balance sheet of any nitrogen reduction plans and see the economic and environmental cost, return and margins, all customized to fields under their management.


A technology race to stop the mass killing of baby chicks

June 2, 2021

An estimated six billion newly hatched male chicks are killed world-wide every year. BBE Professor, Dr. Abdennour Abbas, is employing machine learning to try and identify differences in gasses released by male and female eggs. 


Researchers look to wastewater treatment plants to recover dwindling phosphorus supplies

May 15, 2021

Faculty member, Dr. Bo Hu and a team from the University of Minnesota work to develop a more cost effective and efficient way of recovering phosphorus from farm water runoff. Read the full story in the Star Tribune


Report pinpoints meat production as the leading source of deadly pollution

May 10, 2021

Research from BBE's Jason Hill finds that animal production is responsible for the vast majority of air quality-related health impacts from U.S. food. 


People of color hardest hit by air pollution from nearly all emission sources

April 29, 2021

BBE researcher Jason Hill was part of a study that provides new context to environmental injustices. Results indicate that emission sources that disproportionately expose people of color are pervasive throughout American society.


Researchers use computer imaging for early detection of blight on wheat

April 28, 2021

With the use of computer imaging and mask region convolutional neural network (Mask-RCNN), researchers, including BBE assistant professor Ce Yang, have been able to detect the fungus disease of Fusarium head blight (FHB) with more rapid recognition and greater accuracy. This study shows that rapid detection of FHB in wheat spikes could lead to breeding resistant cultivars. 


BBE Researcher Brett Barney and MnDRIVE Work to Develop Sustainable Plastics

April 13, 2021

BBE researcher and associate professor Brett Barney works with MnDRIVE to explore replacing traditional petroleum-based plastics and polymers with bio-based alternatives. Read the full story from Inquiry.


BBE Review Selected as Editor's Choice Article for Water Journal

March 25, 2021

A review written by BBE researcher Chis Lenhart, grad student Brad Gordon, and contributing author Olivia Dorothy has been recognized by peer-review journal, Water, as an editor's choice article. Read the full review on nutrient retention in floodplains


Greener Farms of the Future

March 24, 2021

BBE researcher Bo Hu is working with farmers to find a more stable system that can provide economic incentives for them to run smaller scale anaerobic digester systems. Read the full story here


"We solve environmental problems without creating new ones"

March 22, 2021

BBE faculty member Abdennour Abbas’s startup company has raised $1.5 million in equity capital from investors and aims to raise around $10 million more in 2021. Read the full article in the Star Tribune here