blog postsSwitch from corn to grass would raise ethanol output, cut emissionsJul 12, 2011 9:00 am100 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.Team converts wet biological waste to diesel-compatible fuelDec 4, 2018 8:45 am2737 views In a step toward producing renewable engine fuels that are compatible with existing diesel fuel infrastructure, researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, into a fuel that can be blended with diesel and that shares diesel’s combustion efficiency and emissions profile. They report their findings in the journal Nature Sustainability.Team nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expressionMar 17, 2017 2:45 pm966 views Researchers are nebulizing soybean aphids with RNA to speed the process of discovering the function of many mystery genes.Tomato-broccoli together shown to be effective against prostate cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am226 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.Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle modelsJul 24, 2017 10:00 am822 views In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species vary in how they take in carbon dioxide and emit water through stomata, the pores in their leaves. The data boosted the accuracy of mathematical models of carbon and water fluxes through plant leaves by 30 to 60 percent.Unique weather a factor in record 2004 Midwest crop yieldsMar 11, 2005 9:00 am20 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.U. of I. alumna Temple Grandin elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 21, 2016 9:30 am2107 views Temple Grandin, a University of Illinois alumna and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.USDA awards $5.5 million to tackle childhood hungerJan 20, 2011 9:00 am25 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.Watching, planning key to avoiding soybean rust in IllinoisOct 17, 2006 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... Suzanne Bissonnette, an Integrated Pest Management Extension EducatorWhat are the implications for agriculture under a proposed climate bill?Nov 26, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Madhu KhannaWhat's the potential impact of herbicide-resistant weeds on agriculture in the U.S.?Apr 18, 2012 9:00 am457 views A Minute With™... Aaron Hager, a faculty member in the department of crop sciencesWhat the media call 'pink slime' is not new or dangerousApr 3, 2012 9:00 am55 views A Minute With™... Anna Dilger, a professor of animal sciencesWhy does the FDA want to test milk for more drugs?Mar 23, 2011 9:00 am35 views A Minute With™...Will 2011 be the year of the global food crisis?Jan 26, 2011 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... Darrel Good, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics Will produce prices rise following Florida freeze, Chilean earthquake?Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor John MasiunasWould replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?Feb 22, 2018 8:30 am1513 views Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig GundersenZoning restrictions also a key factor in foreclosure crisis, scholar saysMar 28, 2013 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The causes of the foreclosure crisis seem obvious: Buyers purchased homes they couldn't afford, lured in part by lenders pushing subprime mortgages. Real estate values escalated, and when the bubble burst, buyers were left owing more than their homes were worth.