Covid Projects Continue in Abbas Research Lab

October 15, 2020

The Abbas Research Laboratory has three ongoing projects related to SARS-COV2 detection and COVID-19 diagnostics. 

Dr. Zhenong Jin and Team Awarded $1.2million for Research in Soil Nutrient Management

October 12, 2020

Dr. Zhenong Jin leads a $1.2million award to digitize and facilitate sustainable nutrient management in the Midwest

Omar Espinoza Publishes Book Titled “International Marketing Practices for Small to Medium Sized Forest Products Firms.”

September 20, 2020

Omar’s book was a collaboration with Robert Smith (Associate Dean and Professor, Virginia Tech) and Anna Pitti, former graduate student in the department now at Westwood.

Crop Rotations Improve Environmental Outcomes While Profits Maintain

September 20, 2020

BBE researchers Jason Hill, Natalie Hunt, and Sumil Thakrar found that diversifying crop rotations can reduce environmental damage and harm to human health while keeping farms profitable. Read more at

Doug Tiffany receives award for research efforts in fuel ethanol and related topics

September 20, 2020

The award winners, announced by Ethanol Producer Magazine last month, are Doug Tiffany (Award of Excellence recipient) and Doug Durante (High-Octane Award recipient).

Welcome to new faculty member Jiayu Li

September 14, 2020

Dr. Li joins us this fall as Assistant Professor of Robotics, Sensors, and Manufacturing in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Management.

Originally from China, Dr. Li received her bachelor’s at Tsinghua University, then attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO. to pursue her Ph. D. at WashU—Li’s focus was on particulate matter sensors. From there, she went on to pursue her postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, expanding her research into air quality sensors.

At the Forefront

July 9, 2020

What do oak wilt, zebra mussels and COVID-19 have in common? When it comes to these unrelated and unwelcome invaders, none of them can hide for long from Abdennour Abbas, PhD, and his team in BBE. 

UMN Wins Race to Zero Student Design Competition

April 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota’s Team OptiMN is the 2015 grand winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition.

BBE researchers part of $65mil funding from DOE to decarbonize aviation fuel

BBE professor Shri Ramaswamy and his team of researchers will receive $3.5mil from the Department of Energy to research cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.

Project using fungus to remediate "forever chemicals" receives MnDrive Environment seed grant

BBE professor Jiwei Zhang and his team will receive a post-doctoral seed grant for their project on the development of a fungal platform to concurrently develop a bioremediation application for PFAS (forever chemicals).