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graphic showing amodel for Ug99 origin by somatic hybridization and nuclear exchange; wheat field in background Discovering the Origins of a Wheat Stem Rust Lineage

The Ug99 strain of the wheat stem rust fungus (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici or Pgt), appeared in Africa in the late 1990s and has become a major threat to wheat crops worldwide. Ug99 is extremely virulent and has caused several epidemics in Africa and the Middle East, with the possibility that it will continue to spread to other regions of the world. Scientists...Read more

graphic showing similarity of antibiotics and probiotics' affect on the turkey microbiome Substituting Probiotics for Antibiotics in Poultry

Commercial poultry farmers give low doses of antibiotics to their flocks as a method to improve health and production. In recent years, however, it has become known that antibiotic use has deleterious effects, such as the potential development of antibiotic resistance that makes it difficult to treat illnesses. Poultry researchers are searching for other means to keep flocks healthy and...Read more

flowchart showing how a new pennycress reference genome was developed Domesticating Pennycress

The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural, and National Resource Sciences (CFANS), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, has created a program called the Forever Green Initiative, which is dedicated to...Read more

meeting of Pseudo-Sudo group Learning and Teaching Supercomputing Techniques

A student group dedicated to co-teaching each other software and techniques for using supercomputing has kicked off the academic year. Their first meeting was held on October 2 at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI).

This group, called Pseudo-Sudo, self-organized in the Spring 2019. At meetings four times a week, they co-taught each other Python, R, C++, and algorithms for...Read more

maps showing spread of Palmer amaranth predicted by various models Evaluating Species Distribution Models

Invasive plant species are a threat to native species in many habitats. Researchers are developing computational models that will allow them to understand the conditions that allow the spread of non-native plants and how to predict it. MSI users in the College of Biological Sciences have developed and evaluated several species distribution models (SDMs) based...Read more