blog postsGoal 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.As more corn is used for ethanol, how will we make up for lost food production?Mar 14, 2008 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economicsWhat are the implications for agriculture under a proposed climate bill?Nov 26, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Madhu KhannaGrocery stores find security in locally produced beefJan 22, 2004 9:00 am5 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. Information 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.Does the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramResearchers 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.Research grant will help assessment of prairie seed banksJan 23, 2007 9:00 am9 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.Efficient fertilizer use could benefit river without hurting crop yieldsNov 7, 2001 9:00 am10 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.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.Anti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am14 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.Foodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am14 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.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 EducatorWill 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 Carr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poetsJan 29, 2013 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Graber - a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip - will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.Arsenic removal from drinking water is focus of new projectsApr 6, 2005 9:00 am18 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.Gallery offers first comprehensive U.S. look at Japanese architect's workSep 30, 2008 9:00 am20 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.Will produce prices rise following Florida freeze, Chilean earthquake?Mar 25, 2010 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... crop sciences professor John MasiunasBt corn variety study shows no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillarsJun 5, 2000 9:00 am21 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.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.Environmental effects of biofuels crops must be weighed, researchers saySep 22, 2006 9:00 am26 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.Why does the FDA want to test milk for more drugs?Mar 23, 2011 9:00 am27 views A Minute With™...Expert: Keep consumer protection agency free of 'regulatory capture'Jan 9, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of "regulatory capture" is now more acute than ever, according to a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.How will widespread flooding of farmland affect commodity prices?May 25, 2011 9:00 am32 views A Minute With™... agricultural economist Gary D. SchnitkeyFood-crop yields in future greenhouse-gas conditions lower than expectedJun 29, 2006 9:00 am32 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.Miscanthus, a biofuels crop, can host western corn rootwormJan 5, 2010 9:00 am36 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.What the media call 'pink slime' is not new or dangerousApr 3, 2012 9:00 am37 views A Minute With™... Anna Dilger, a professor of animal sciencesSalmon baby food? Babies need omega-3s and a taste for fishSep 2, 2010 9:00 am37 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.ADM funds new postharvest instituteFeb 17, 2011 9:00 am38 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.Chickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am39 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.Nutritious frozen foods can play role in weight-loss programsJun 8, 2005 9:00 am41 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.Drought, crop insurance, and farm profitabilityAug 8, 2012 9:00 am46 views A Minute With™... Gary D. Schnitkey, an agricultural economistMastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigueDec 15, 2009 9:00 am46 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.Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels marketJul 21, 2011 9:00 am52 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.New master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpretersApr 29, 2013 9:00 am53 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 am57 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?Zoning restrictions also a key factor in foreclosure crisis, scholar saysMar 28, 2013 9:00 am62 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.Molecular techniques are man's new best friend in pet obesity researchApr 9, 2013 9:00 am78 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - According to the World Health Organization, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. And it's not just humans who are packing on the pounds. Our furry companions are plagued by an obesity epidemic of their own. More than 50 percent of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.Researcher tracks agricultural overuse of bug-killing technologyFeb 29, 2012 9:00 am82 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.Switch from corn to grass would raise ethanol output, cut emissionsJul 12, 2011 9:00 am98 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.Labeling genetically engineered foodMay 28, 2014 9:00 am101 views A Minute With™... Bruce M. Chassy, a professor emeritus of food science and human nutritionHybrid grass may prove to be valuable fuel sourceSep 27, 2005 9:00 am102 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.Tomato-broccoli together shown to be effective against prostate cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am134 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.Links between hunger and health lead to recommendation that doctors screen patients for food insecurityNov 5, 2015 2:00 pm137 views Almost 50 million people in the United States are food insecure – that is, they lack access to adequate food because of limited money or other resources. University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen and University of Kentucky’s James P. Ziliak examined recent research on food insecurity and its association with poor health, and offer suggestions including that doctors screen for hunger.Solving food insecurity problems among older AmericansJun 5, 2014 9:00 am143 views A Minute With™... Craig Gundersen, the University of Illinois Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural StrategyStudy: Cell-phone bans while driving have more impact in dense, urban areasFeb 8, 2010 9:00 am188 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.What's the potential impact of herbicide-resistant weeds on agriculture in the U.S.?Apr 18, 2012 9:00 am201 views A Minute With™... Aaron Hager, a faculty member in the department of crop sciencesStudy: Crop rotation-resistant rootworms have a lot going on in their gutsJun 9, 2015 3:00 pm282 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.Stink bugs a threat to farmers, smelly guests for homeownersAug 23, 2011 9:00 am321 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.Illinois engineer wins MacArthur fellowshipSep 17, 2014 9:00 am331 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tami Bond, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "genius grant," from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.