blog postsNew master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpretersApr 29, 2013 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The demand for translators and interpreters is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by the year 2020, and a new program at the University of Illinois will offer a master's degree to equip graduates to fill those jobs. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.'s Center for Translation Studies, says the program offers both on-campus and online options, and is accepting applications now for courses that will begin in the fall.New method helps map species' genetic heritageDec 11, 2014 9:00 am52 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo - the heron or the sparrow?Nutritious frozen foods can play role in weight-loss programsJun 8, 2005 9:00 am39 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.Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am1310 views Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.Pineapple genome offers insight into photosynthesis in drought-tolerant plantsNov 2, 2015 10:00 am1910 views By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. The new findings, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, also open a new window on the complicated evolutionary history of grasses like sorghum and rice, which share a distant ancestor with pineapple.Plant breeder boosts soybean diversity, develops soybean rust-resistant plantMay 12, 2015 2:30 pm365 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It took decades of painstaking work, but research geneticist Ram Singh managed to cross a popular soybean variety (“Dwight” Glycine max) with a related wild perennial plant that grows like a weed in Australia, producing the first fertile soybean plants that are resistant to soybean rust, soybean cyst nematode and other pathogens of soy.Pollinator habitat program spreads bad seeds with the goodDec 7, 2016 8:30 am7632 views Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds – including seeds of the potentially devastating agricultural weed Palmer amaranth – along with the good. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have traced the weed seeds to at least one source: pollinator habitat seed sold by a company in the Midwest.Report: Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declinesMar 13, 2017 4:15 pm2942 views Monarch butterfly declines cannot be attributed merely to declines in milkweed abundance, researchers report.Researchers 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.Researcher tracks agricultural overuse of bug-killing technologyFeb 29, 2012 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High corn prices are leading many growers to plant corn every year and to overuse pesticides and other bug-killing technology to maximize yields, researchers report. In many instances, pesticides are applied without scouting fields to see if they are needed, violating a bedrock principle of integrated pest management. The result is a biological diversity desert in many corn and soybean fields in the agricultural Midwest, and signs that the surviving insects are becoming resistant to several key bug-fighting tools now available to farmers.Research grant will help assessment of prairie seed banksJan 23, 2007 9:00 am8 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.Salmon baby food? Babies need omega-3s and a taste for fishSep 2, 2010 9:00 am36 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.Science at Illinois feeds the world, furthers health, protects the planetApr 17, 2017 8:30 am1185 views Illinois scientists are helping power plants run more efficiently, designing better, longer-lasting batteries, finding new ways to target cancerous tumors, and developing robots that can aid in construction, in agricultural fields and even inside the human body.Scientists: Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissionsOct 23, 2017 9:45 am1431 views Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yieldNov 17, 2016 1:00 pm3135 views Researchers report that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis. This confirms a hypothesis some in the scientific community once doubted was possible.Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influentialDec 21, 2015 9:15 am8334 views Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015. The list includes “some of the world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to a statement from Thomson Reuters.Should states be in the lottery business?Sep 5, 2017 1:00 pm389 views A major downside to record-breaking lottery jackpots is that money flows from poorer communities into the hands of one incredibly lucky person, said Craig Lemoine, the director of the Financial Planning Program at the College of ACES.Solving food insecurity problems among older AmericansJun 5, 2014 9:00 am72 views A Minute With™... Craig Gundersen, the University of Illinois Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural StrategySome plants grow bigger – and meaner – when clipped, study findsOct 11, 2017 8:30 am3118 views Some plants behave like the mythical monster Hydra: Cut off their heads and they grow back, bigger and better than before. A new study finds that these “overcompensators,” as they are called, also augment their defensive chemistry – think plant venom – when they are clipped.Stink bugs a threat to farmers, smelly guests for homeownersAug 23, 2011 9:00 am296 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The brown marmorated stink bug - scientific name Halyomorpha halys - has been found in four Illinois counties and could be a major threat to fruit, vegetable and agronomic crops if it proliferates.Study: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areasFeb 8, 2010 9:00 am156 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.Study: Crop rotation-resistant rootworms have a lot going on in their gutsJun 9, 2015 3:00 pm275 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humansJul 31, 2017 2:00 pm1539 views Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely associated with autism spectrum disorders in humans are regulated differently in unresponsive honey bees than in their more responsive nest mates, the study found.Study: Future drought will offset benefits of higher CO2 on soybean yieldsSep 5, 2016 10:00 am1068 views An eight-year study of soybeans grown outdoors in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere like that expected by 2050 has yielded a new and worrisome finding: Higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations will boost plant growth under ideal growing conditions, but drought – expected to worsen as the climate warms and rainfall patterns change – will outweigh those benefits and cause yield losses much sooner than anticipated.Study: Ground-level ozone reduces maize and soybean yieldsNov 5, 2015 9:00 am852 views Despite government regulations, ground-level ozone – an odorless gas that forms as polluting nitrogen oxides drift in sunlight across the countryside – continues to threaten crop quality and yield. In a new study, researchers quantify this loss from historical yield data for the first time. They show that over the last 30 years, ozone emissions have reduced soybean and corn yields by 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively.Study: Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food securityJun 29, 2015 2:00 pm364 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Thirsty cities, fields and livestock drink deeply from aquifers, natural sources of groundwater. But a study of three of the most-tapped aquifers in the United States shows that overdrawing from these resources could lead to difficult choices affecting not only domestic food security but also international markets.Study identifies chemical in diet that determines a honey bee’s casteAug 28, 2015 1:00 pm1469 views A closer look at how honey bee colonies determine which larvae will serve as workers and which will become queens reveals that a plant chemical, p-coumaric acid, plays a key role in the bees’ developmental fate.Study links fish stress hormones to whether they take the baitAug 22, 2017 10:00 am998 views Take a fish out of water and its stress hormones will go up. Adrenaline and noradrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormones, peak first, followed more gradually by cortisol. A new study finds that largemouth bass whose cortisol levels rise most after a brief bout of stress are inherently harder to catch by angling.Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels marketJul 21, 2011 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new research at the University of Illinois.Study rewrites early history of corn in corn countryFeb 14, 2017 8:15 am1505 views A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the notion that Indian corn, or maize, was cultivated in this region hundreds of years before its widespread adoption at about 1000 A.D.Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissionsJan 11, 2016 10:30 am1457 views Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural edition of the journal Nature Energy. The researchers call it the most comprehensive study on the subject to date.Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen of beesApr 4, 2016 2:00 pm1892 views Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees. Their study found that Nosema infections in large-scale commercial bumble bee pollination operations coincided with infections and declines in wild bumble bees.Supersweet Sweet Corn: 50 Years in the MakingAug 7, 2003 9:00 am1792 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. sSurvival of many of the world’s nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts reportJan 18, 2017 1:00 pm1488 views A report in the journal Science Advances details the grim realities facing a majority of the nonhuman primates in the world – the apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises inhabiting ever-shrinking forests across the planet. The review is the most comprehensive conducted so far, the researchers say, and the picture it paints is dire.Switch from corn to grass would raise ethanol output, cut emissionsJul 12, 2011 9:00 am92 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 nebulizes aphids to knock down gene expressionMar 17, 2017 2:45 pm912 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 am96 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 am698 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 am14 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 am1975 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 am14 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 am141 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 am32 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 am26 views A Minute With™...Will 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 Will produce prices rise following Florida freeze, Chilean earthquake?Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am19 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor John MasiunasZoning restrictions also a key factor in foreclosure crisis, scholar saysMar 28, 2013 9:00 am60 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.