Agriculture

UK-led International Team Studies Eco Threats from Nanoparticles

What happens when man-manipulated nanoparticles enter the wastewater treatment process and end up being spread on our fields for fertilizer? UK scientists and international partners are finding out.

Little Hemlock Horror (Spring 2010)

Kentucky's hemlocks are under attack from a sap-sucking foreign invader. A UK entomologist leads a team of faculty and students that is helping the hemlocks fight back.

President Obama Picks Two UK Professors for Awards (Spring 2010)
2009-2010 University Research Professors (Spring 2010)

Subba Reddy Palli: Big Discoveries from Tiny Creatures

Biosecurity Down on the Farm (Summer 08)

Animal health data from Central Kentucky is being collected and shared thanks to a project conducted through UK’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center. The information is statistically analyzed to identify possible clusters of illness or disease.

Soil Sciences Superstar comes to UK (Summer 08)
2007-2008 University Research Professors (Summer 08)

Peter Nagy: Advancing Science—One Move at a Time

25th anniversary issue: Agriculture (Fall 07)

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
Better Animal Health in the Commonwealth
Erosion-Free Farming

New Plant-Based Natural Products

Green Energy (Winter 07)

The University of Kentucky is taking “green energy” literally. By playing up Kentucky’s agricultural strengths, UK researchers are creating a more stable form of bio-oil, designing new catalysts to produce premium biodiesel, targeting a new way to make ethanol with cornfield leftovers, packaging fine coal and sawdust together in a potent briquette, and looking for cheap ways to capture solar energy with devices spray painted onto rocks or tents.

Mosquito Birth Control (Fall 2006)

Entomology professor Stephen Dobson is working to prevent human filariasis, a globally important disease spread by mosquitos. Currently, 1.2 billion people are at risk of contracting this potentially deadly disease.

Kentucky's Grape and Wine Industry Bursting with Potential (Summer 06)
Research Supercomputing (Summer 05)

Chuck Staben and Mark Farman: Analyzing Fungal Genomes

Designing More Benign Bugs: UK Research Duo Controlling Insect Growth (Spring 2005)

Husband and wife research duo Davy and Grace Jones have unlocked the key to insect development—juvenile hormone—and their findings are leading to well-targeted, nontoxic pesticides.

Good Bugs for Your Garden (Spring 2005)
Bruce Webb: Linking Insects and Illness (Fall 2004)
Pradeep Kachroo: Helping Plants Defend Themselves (Summer 2004)

Kachroo and his research team are trying to determine exactly what happens when a pathogen lands on a plant.

Tiny Spiders (Fall 2003)

In an article titled "Climbing to Reach Females: Romeo Should Be Small," the scientists explain why male spiders of certain species are significantly smaller than their female counterparts.

Groundwater Mystery Solved (Fall 2003)

Researchers at the Kentucky Geological Survey and the College of Agriculture are working together to decrease nitrate-N levels in drinking water that result from abandoned feed lots.

Trench Warfare (Fall 2003)

UK's Mike Potter is filling trenches around infested buildings with chemicals that effectively kill termites outdoors and indoors.

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome: Update (Fall 2003)
Fred Payne: UK's Cheese Whiz (Summer 2003)

Faculty Entrepreneur Payne has created optical sensors to aid in food processing.

Beware the Shapeshifter (Spring 2003)

Glenn Telling is trying to answer the question of whether deer and elk killer CWD, following mad cow's precedent, could spawn a disease that infects humans.

Countering Bioterror: Bioterrorism and Your Food (Fall 2002)

Researchers at UK are testing a new smallpox vaccine for the military, making fundamental discoveries about the bacteria that cause plague, and finding better ways to protect animals, fruits and vegetables from microbes.

New Recruits Advance Plant Science (Spring 2002)

In the UK College of Agriculture, RCTF funds have been used to hire four young researchers (Peter Nagy, Elisa D'Angelo, Sharyn Perry, and Tom Mueller), shining stars in the field of plant sciences.

Working to Solve the Foal Deaths Mystery (Spring 2002)

UK researchers study the impact of Eastern tent caterpillars on the death of 678 foals and fetuses in spring 2001.

Where Is Kentucky Agriculture Heading? (Fall 2001)

Q&A with new College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith

Technology with the Human Touch (Spring 2001)

UK researchers travel around Kentucky to bring assistive technology to farmers with disabilities.

Erosion-Free Farming (Fall 2000)

UK ag researchers are studying the benefits of no-till farming, the practice of leaving the residues of the previous crop to protect the surface of the soil.

Fighting Fungi in the Field (Fall 2000)

Christopher Schardl is finding ways to eliminate the genes in tall fescue fungus that cause it to produce toxins harmful to animals.

Two UK Ag Engineering Students Win NSF Awards (Fall 2000)

In a field of 256 winning graduate engineering students, Grace Danao and Erin Wilkerson were the sole agricultural engineering students in the nation awarded this prestigious academic honor.

Cultivating International Interest in Molecular Farming (Spring 2000)

THRI's Quinn Li traveled to China to share the potential of tobacco molecular farming.

Binged-Out Beetles (Spring 2000)

UK researchers are finding ways to protect U.S. crops by exploiting the Japanese beetle's weakness for the geranium.

Farming by Satellite (Fall 1999)

Precision agriculture helps farmers recognize land variations and helps them adjust fertilization to optimize production.

UK's Tobacco and Health Institute Branching Out (Spring 1998)

THRI studies tobacco as a "factory" to grow new products.

Back on the Tractor (Fall 1998)

UK nurse studies how farm amputees overcome their injuries.

photo of hemlock woolly adelgid sacs

The hemlock woolly adelgid attaches itself to the leaf cushion (at the base of the needle) to feed. It surrounds itself with white, woolly sacs that protect it from predators and temperature extremes.

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