Agricultural Science

Dr Chad Dechow – The Dairy Cow: Beyond Mass Production

Dr Chad Dechow – The Dairy Cow: Beyond Mass Production

As dairy farmers struggle to make ends meet, economic efficiency often forces the health and wellbeing of cattle to take a back seat. Dr Chad Dechow and his team at Pennsylvania State University have set about tackling this problem, providing a means for producing...

Cowpea – An Ancient Crop for Modern Challenges

Cowpea – An Ancient Crop for Modern Challenges

Cowpea has been cultivated as a crop for thousands of years, and is well-placed to improve the sustainability of modern agricultural systems. As part of a NIFA-funded project, Dr Louis Jackai, Dr Beatrice Dingha and Dr Mulumebet Worku and their students at North...

Dr Dedrick D. Davis – Biochar and Soil Dynamics

Dr Dedrick D. Davis – Biochar and Soil Dynamics

Renewable biofuels are a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, but they have their own complications. One problem is that growing and harvesting crops for biofuel depletes soil of valuable nutrients. To mitigate this, a byproduct of making biofuel – known as...

Dr David A Hennessy – The Farmer and the Rancher

Dr David A Hennessy – The Farmer and the Rancher

A collaborative effort driven by researchers from Michigan State University, South Dakota State University, Iowa State University and North Dakota State University, aims to improve the age-old art of farming.   Vast, dry, and flat. The Great Plains of the...

Dr Leonard Bryan Coop – Cloudy, With A Chance Of Insects

Dr Leonard Bryan Coop – Cloudy, With A Chance Of Insects

The Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University is both a hub for research into agricultural pest management and the host of widelyused pest forecasting tools. Dr Leonard Coop and his co-workers plan to improve those tools even further. Should I...

Dr Corina Vlot-Schuster – The Seeds We Sow And The Grain We Reap

Dr Corina Vlot-Schuster – The Seeds We Sow And The Grain We Reap

Much of the world’s population is dependent on just a few crops, with blight and disease an ever-present threat. Dr Corina Vlot-Schuster of the Helmholtz Centre Munich, after many years researching plant defences against pathogenic attack, aims to open the door to...

Dr. Elke Genersch – Molecular Perspectives On Bee Pathogens

Dr. Elke Genersch – Molecular Perspectives On Bee Pathogens

With a solid career in human molecular medicine in her back pocket, Dr. Elke Genersch decided to put her skills to the test in another organism – the honeybee. Almost 15 years ago you decided to change the focus of your research from human to bee diseases. What...