blog postsAgricultureLife SciencesSwitch from corn to grass would raise ethanol output, cut emissionsJul 12, 2011 9:00 am78 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Growing perennial grasses on the least productive farmland now used for corn ethanol production in the U.S. would result in higher overall corn yields, more ethanol output per acre and better groundwater quality, researchers report in a new study. The switch would also slash emissions of two potent greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessHow will widespread flooding of farmland affect commodity prices?May 25, 2011 9:00 am29 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Gary D. SchnitkeyAgricultureGrowing numbers of corn farmers ignoring refuge requirementMay 12, 2011 9:00 am275 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 90 percent of Illinois corn producers polled at the University of Illinois Extension Corn and Soybean Classic meetings indicated that they planned to plant corn that was genetically modified with the insect-killing protein Bacillus thuringiensis this spring.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureWhy does the FDA want to test milk for more drugs?Mar 23, 2011 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™...Campus LifeAgricultureADM funds new postharvest instituteFeb 17, 2011 9:00 am28 views Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced a $10 million grant to establish the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the UI. The global institute will work with farmers in the developing world to help preserve millions of metric tons of grains and oilseeds lost each year to pests, disease, mishandling and other factors.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessWill 2011 be the year of the global food crisis?Jan 26, 2011 9:00 am16 views A Minute With™... Darrel Good, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics Campus LifeAgricultureHealthHumanitiesUSDA awards $5.5 million to tackle childhood hungerJan 20, 2011 9:00 am22 views The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $5.5 million to fund research that will help alleviate childhood hunger in the United States. Craig Gundersen, a UI professor of nutritional sciences in the department of agricultural and consumer economics, and James Ziliak, of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will coordinate a research program on childhood hunger.AgricultureHealthSalmon baby food? Babies need omega-3s and a taste for fishSep 2, 2010 9:00 am27 views A UI food science professor has two important reasons for including seafood in a young child's diet, reasons that have motivated her work in helping to develop a tasty, nutritious salmon baby food for toddlers.BusinessAgricultureLawApologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study saysJun 2, 2010 9:00 am404 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessWill produce prices rise following Florida freeze, Chilean earthquake?Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am15 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor John MasiunasSocial SciencesAgricultureEngineeringStudy: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areasFeb 8, 2010 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study analyzing the impact of hand-held cell phone legislation on driving safety concludes that usage-ban laws had more of an impact in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas where there are fewer licensed drivers, according to a University of Illinois researcher.AgricultureLife SciencesMiscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootwormJan 5, 2010 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The western corn rootworm beetle, a pest that feasts on corn roots and corn silk and costs growers more than $1 billion annually in the U.S., also can survive on the perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus, a potential biofuels crop that would likely be grown alongside corn, researchers report.Life SciencesAgricultureHealthMastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigueDec 15, 2009 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Physical activity is known to reduce depression and fatigue in people struggling with chronic illness. A new study indicates that this effect may stem from an individual's sense of mastery over - or belief in his or her ability to achieve - certain physical goals.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessWhat are the implications for agriculture under a proposed climate bill?Nov 26, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Madhu KhannaExpert ViewpointsAgricultureHealthDoes the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramEducationAgricultureE-Learning can have positive effect on classroom learning, scholar saysNov 26, 2008 9:00 am899 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Traditional classroom teaching in higher education could learn a thing or two from online teaching, otherwise known as e-learning, according to a University of Illinois professor who studies computer-mediated communication, information exchange and the Internet.Campus LifeAgricultureGallery offers first comprehensive U.S. look at Japanese architect's workSep 30, 2008 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be exhibited Oct. 10 through Nov. 15 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureBusinessAs more corn is used for ethanol, how will we make up for lost food production?Mar 14, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economicsHealthAgricultureLife SciencesChickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am13 views Understanding and treatment of human ovarian cancer, known as the silent killer, may be a step closer thanks to some chickens at the UI. Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in women and unlike other cancers, its rate of mortality has not been reduced.AgricultureHealthLife SciencesTomato-broccoli together shown to be effective against prostate cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am61 views A new UI study shows that tomatoes and broccoli – two vegetables known for their cancer-fighting qualities – are better at shrinking prostate tumors when both are part of the daily diet than when they’re eaten alone.AgricultureResearch grant will help assessment of prairie seed banksJan 23, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Natural History Survey has received a grant from the Conservation 2000 Program to assess seed banks at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Will County.AgricultureLife SciencesResearchers study role of natural organic matter in environmentDec 11, 2006 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The decomposition of plant, animal and microbial material in soil and water produces a variety of complex organic molecules, collectively called natural organic matter. These compounds play many important roles in the environment.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureWatching, planning key to avoiding soybean rust in IllinoisOct 17, 2006 9:00 am14 views A Minute With™... Suzanne Bissonnette, an Integrated Pest Management Extension EducatorAgricultureHealthFoodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am11 views Will you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a UI scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply.AgricultureEnvironmental effects of biofuels crops must be weighed, researchers saySep 22, 2006 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Biofuels advocates should not ignore the potential ecological side effects of crops being developed to produce such fuels, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says in an article being published today in Science.AgricultureFood-crop yields in future greenhouse-gas conditions lower than expectedJun 29, 2006 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Open-air field trials involving five major food crops grown under carbon-dioxide levels projected for the future are harvesting dramatically less bounty than those raised in earlier greenhouse and other enclosed test conditions - and scientists warn that global food supplies could be at risk without changes in production strategies.AgricultureFast-growing kudzu making inroads in Illinois, authorities warnOct 20, 2005 9:00 am600 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To all Illinois residents: Be on the lookout for kudzu. This high-climbing, fast-growing weed, which is illegal to buy, grow and plant in Illinois, smothers existing vegetation and has been spotted in more than 30 Illinois counties.AgricultureHybrid grass may prove to be valuable fuel sourceSep 27, 2005 9:00 am66 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Giant Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus), a hybrid grass that can grow 13 feet high, may be a valuable renewable fuel source for the future, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say.AgricultureNutritious frozen foods can play role in weight-loss programsJun 8, 2005 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Size matters when it comes to meal portions in weight-loss diets, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And consuming convenient, nutritious frozen dinners may be a way to control portion size.AgricultureInformation on three new agricultural pests enhances web tool for farmersApr 12, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three more pests - fruit tree leafroller, lilac borer and western bean cutworm - have been added this spring to the Illinois State Water Survey's Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program, a Web-based tool that provides helpful information for the state's farmers.AgricultureArsenic removal from drinking water is focus of new projectsApr 6, 2005 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More stringent federal standards for acceptable levels of arsenic in public drinking water go into effect next year, a prospect that has resulted in four new research projects on arsenic.AgricultureLife SciencesUnique weather a factor in record 2004 Midwest crop yieldsMar 11, 2005 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If farmers talk big about 2004 crops as they get ready to head out into the fields this spring, let them talk. Believe them. Last year's crop season saw record yields in every major crop amid the closest-to-perfect weather conditions of the last century, scientists say.AgriculturePhysical SciencesGoal of project is development of petroleum-free fuelDec 2, 2004 9:00 am0 views Developing a petroleum-free fuel from corn byproducts is one of the goals of a newly funded research project at the UI. Eight research laboratories will pool their expertise, attacking the problems from different directions in order to work to improve the efficiency of bioconversion of plant fibers into fuels and other value-added products.Life SciencesAgricultureHealthAnti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.AgricultureGrocery stores find security in locally produced beefJan 22, 2004 9:00 am3 views Knowing where, how and by whom your steak dinner was raised recently has become a more pressing question for Americans. Several independent grocery stores in Chicago have found a locally produced beef marketed under the label Illinois Crown Beef that they say they can sell to their customers with confidence because they know where it came from. AgricultureSupersweet Sweet Corn: 50 Years in the MakingAug 7, 2003 9:00 am952 views Fifty years ago, sweet corn wasn't all that sweet and had a short shelf-life, which made it difficult for grocery stores to stock it. As a result of the persistence of some UI corn researchers, today's sweet corn not only lives up to its name in taste, it maintains its high quality for more than a week, long enough to get it into stores and onto dinner tables. Jerald "Snook" Pataky, UI plant pathologist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has researched the history of UI’s contribution to the existence of today's supersweet corn and will be one of the featured speakers at Agronomy Day on Aug. 21. sAgricultureLife SciencesEfficient fertilizer use could benefit river without hurting crop yieldsNov 7, 2001 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A computational study on nitrogen inputs to the Mississippi River Basin from the 1950s to the 1990s suggests that better use of the fertilizer such as not over-applying it could substantially reduce the amount of nitrates flowing down river without compromising crop yields.AgricultureBt corn variety study shows no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillarsJun 5, 2000 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A Bt corn variety grown widely in East Central Illinois in 1999 had no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillars that thrive in weeds alongside cornfields, according to both field and laboratory studies at the University of Illinois.