Ecology & the Environment

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.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint (Summer 09)
Toxic Turnaround (Winter 09)

Does good nutrition protect your blood vessels from the toxic impact of PCBs? Can nanoparticles and free radicals destroy PCBs? Yes and yes, say scientists in the UK Superfund Basic Research Program.

UK Investigates Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles (Winter 09)
25th anniversary issue: The Environment (Fall 07)

Fiber Optics in Service to the Environment
Bringing Back the Forest
Putting Mountains of Ash to Work

From Here to Kingdom Come (Spring 2005)

Under the leadership of wildlife biologist Dave Maehr, researchers are helping black bear and elk flourish in Kentucky, where they had been extinct for more than a century. And according to Maehr, helping the animals means helping ourselves.

KGS a National Leader in Digital Mapping (Fall 2004)
New Water Institute Director Named (Fall 2004)
Carol Baskin: Seed Germination in the Tropics (Spring 2004)

Baskin, a UK professor of biology and agronomy, is collecting germination data for plants in tropcial montane forests, found in Central and South America, Africa, southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

Working toward a Healthier Environment (Spring 2004)

ERTL, a shared-use, core facility funded for $2.3 million by the NSF, includes renovated laboratories in the Raymond Building and Anderson Hall for a variety of organic, inorganic, microbial, and stable isotopic analyses.

Monarch Butterflies in the News (Spring 2001)

UK scientists found that the time when the transgenic corn sheds its pollen does not coincide with the sensitive reproduction time of monarch butterflies in Kentucky.

Detecting PCBs (Spring 2001)

PCBs, suspected of causing a slew of reproductive, neurologic and immune disorders in animals and people, are particularly troublesome because they tend to remain in soil and water for a long time.

Fighting Fungi in the Field (Fall 2000)

Christopher Schardl is investigating microscopic fungal endophytes living in tall fescue, the most common forage grass in the Bluegrass area.

Erosion-Free Farming (Fall 2000)

No-till is the practice of leaving cover crops or the residues of the previous crop to protect the surface of the soil.

Fiber Optic Research Glowing with Promise for the Environment (Spring 1999)

Since 1995, Sylvia Daunert has been working on an NSF-funded project to produce fiber optic sensors that use bacteria genetically engineered to glow in the presence of very low, but still dangerous, levels of toxic substances.

Restoring Bat Habitats (Spring 1999)

About 150 new shelters for homeless tree-roosting bats have been created in the Daniel Boone National Forest in a concerted attempt to restore their habitat.

Elk Making a Comeback in Kentucky (Spring 1998)

A group of 200 transplanted elk were released into Eastern Kentucky forests this past winter, and scientists are there to see if these animals can adjust to the place where herds of elk once roamed.

Cleaning Up Kentucky's Waterways (Fall 1998)

The fish are back and the water is cleaner in Taylorsville Lake, 30 miles west of Lexington, thanks to recent efforts of University of Kentucky agricultural extension agents working with farmers along the Salt River.

photo of forest

Over 250,000 acres of land in Kentucky have been impacted by surface mining, and another 1.6 million acres have been slated for coal extraction. Backed by grants totaling nearly $5.5 million from the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Energy, UK researchers are taking the lead in a project to reclaim 3,000 acres in areas around Prestonsburg, Hazard and Madisonville, Kentucky.

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