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March 7, 2018
Mizzou Advantage will end officially June 30, 2018, so that resources can be invested in new programs and initiatives that can advance scholarly activities at MU. We appreciate your support over these past eight years and wish you continued success. Mizzou Advantage FAQ When will Mizzou Advantage end? Mizzou Advantage will officially end on JuneRead more »
October 19, 2017
The Mizzou Advantage is pleased to announce a call for high impact conference proposals that support one or more Mizzou Advantage areas including Food for the Future, One Health/One Medicine, Sustainable Energy, and Media of the Future. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until funds have been expended. Requests are limited to $20,000.Read more »
October 13, 2017
All MU graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to apply for a $1,500 mini-grant to conduct small research projects on undergraduate/graduate teaching and learning methods and impacts. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2017. Additional information is available at http://gradstudies.missouri.edu/cirtl/cirtl-events-courses.php.
October 4, 2017
Register for the free Mizzou Innovators conference, Oct. 12, 2017 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Monsanto Auditorium, MU Bond Life Sciences Center. Investment, business, tech-transfer and faculty pros will share what it takes to commercialize early-stage innovations. Free and open to the public. See the full schedule and register here.
July 27, 2017
The Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grant guidelines were updated July 24, 2017. Visit the Research Grants page to download the latest version of the guidelines.
June 12, 2017
New research shows how farmers could use the technology to monitor pollination and increase food production. Read the full story.
February 28, 2017
As a facilitator, Dr. Fulcher will connect on- and off-campus researchers with expertise in plant and animal sciences, food safety and biosecurity, water safety and treatment, local food systems, and food-related work within the arts, humanities and social sciences.
February 9, 2017
MU’s longstanding culture of collaboration encourages faculty to partner with like-minded researchers from other fields. The Mizzou Advantage initiative builds on this rich history in four deep-seated areas of strength: Food for the Future, Media of the Future, One Health/One Medicine, and Sustainable Energy.
December 2, 2016
Here you will find a wide variety of prepared materials highlighting MU excellence including publications like PowerPoint slides, one-page marketing pieces and booklets as well as videos and video mailers. To complete your publication or mailer, you can also upload your own customized files or videos. Download a PDF at no cost, or submit aRead more »
November 1, 2016
The MU School of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Mizzou Advantage initiative announce a Request for Applications for pilot projects in translational science and biomedical innovations. The goal is to support pilot projects of up to $50,000 that will subsequently be highly competitive for external funding. Proposals must reflect strong collaborationRead more »
October 14, 2016
The Office of the Provost is recruiting a facilitator for the Food for the Future area in the Mizzou Advantage initiative. This will be a twelve-month appointment at .2 FTE to begin as soon as a candidate has been identified. The facilitator will report to the Executive Director of the Mizzou Advantage initiative. ThisRead more »
June 18, 2015
October 23, 2014
University of Missouri professor Jerry Taylor and team have one thing on their mind: cows. The United States has the world’s fourth largest cattle population, and Taylor and team are researching ways to improve feed efficiency and create bigger, longer cattle. This means using fewer resources to create better cows and more food security forRead more »
MU researcher Fu-hung Hsieh set out with one question in mind: is it possible to create a healthy, eco-friendly alternative to chicken? The answer was ‘yes.’ Hsieh’s partnership with fellow MU researchers resulted in the creation of innovative soy-based chicken strips that have the texture and taste of real meat. Not only did Hsieh succeedRead more »
August 5, 2014
Nearly 17 percent of Missourians are food insecure. To help attack the problems of food quantity and quality , Grow Well Missouri – housed in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri – is working with food pantries to get more food to their clients, including providing seeds and gardeningRead more »
July 14, 2014
Lynn Rossy is a health psychologist for the UM System. Rossy and her colleagues evaluated “Eat for Life,” a non-diet approach to weight management, and determined the program is more effective than traditional weight-loss programs. Story By: MU News Bureau COLUMBIA, Mo. – Problematic eating behaviors and dissatisfaction with one’s body are familiar strugglesRead more »
June 16, 2014
MU professor Trupti Joshi developed the the Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB), a free online database that will allow greater collaboration among international researchers, scientists and farmers to solve questions encountered in soybean research. Story By: MU News Bureau COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the era of “big data,” many scientific discoveries are being made without researchersRead more »
June 9, 2014
Shawn Askinosie has a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer for nearly 20 years before founding Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Mo. He travels to Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines, and Tanzania to source 100 percent of his cocoa beans directly from farmers. This allows Askinosie Chocolate to carry the “single-origin chocolate” label while enabling farmersRead more »
June 3, 2014
‘The Mizzou Advantage’ turns four years old this summer and celebrates producing collaborative interdisciplinary research, raising more than $13 million and bringing nationally renowned faculty to The University of Missouri campus. The organization also announced Jerry Frank as the new faculty fellow, effective June 1. Story by: MU News Bureau COLUMBIA, Mo. — TheRead more »
June 2, 2014
MU will focus on inter-state collaboration to formulate sustainable solutions to growing issues such as contemporary watershed management and pollution through research, education and outreach. This partnership allows MU to perform cutting-edge research alongside government officials and other prominent universities. Story By: CAFNRnews Earlier in May, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the latest plans for the Mississippi River/Gulf of MexicoRead more »
May 7, 2014
Peck and fellow researchers, including Jeffrey Anderson, a research scientist, and Ying Wan, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at MU identified and replicated the process that allows the bacteria—known mostly for attacking tomatoes—to attack its host. These findings could lead to natural bacterial anti-infectives in food-producing plants. Story By: MU News Bureau “When bacteriaRead more »
April 1, 2014
Historians and anthropologists used to believe that ancient Africans domesticated cattle native on the African continent nearly 10,000 years ago. Now, a team of University of Missouri researchers has completed the genetic history of 134 cattle breeds from around the world. They found that ancient domesticated African cattle originated in the “fertile crescent,” a regionRead more »
February 27, 2014
The heavy Midwest snowfall this winter wasn’t enough to recharge the soil with enough moisture for a bumper crop next season, a soil scientist says. Story By: CAFNRnews Randall Miles, associate professor of soil science at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, said soil in much of Missouri is stillRead more »
January 22, 2014
Gary Stacey, an investigator in the MU Bond Life Sciences Center and professor of plant sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, found the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) receptor in plants and believes that it is a vital component in the way plants respond to dangers, including pests, environmental changes and plant wounds.
November 21, 2013
Research Reactor officials at the University of Missouri announce a partnership to produce a radiopharmaceutical to assess heart damage.
November 13, 2013
Food is on everyone’s minds these days! What is best for us, and what is best for our planet and those who are hungry? How should we make decisions about the food we eat? The concept of “good food” supports food systems that can provide sustainably produced, healthy food in an affordable way to allRead more »
November 12, 2013
The University of Missouri is one of 16 public institutions to be designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities.
November 8, 2013
Taylor says bovine research not only improves food production and the health of farm animals, but it allows researchers to establish the relationship between genes and phenotypes (an organism’s observable characteristics) in ways that may not be possible in humans.
October 9, 2013
Panelists from the University of Missouri addressed food concerns in a series of discussions.
September 24, 2013
The University of Missouri hosted a MOFarmersCare Food Dialogue at Reynolds Journalism Institute on Thursday, September 19. Panelists included University of Missouri faculty members Dr.Don Spiers, Professor of Environmental Physiology, and Dr. Kevin Wells, Assistant Professor of Genetics. Spiers also sponsors the University of Missouri Animal Welfare Club. Missouri Farmers Care promotes the continued growth ofRead more »
September 17, 2013
A project housed in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Missouri hopes to speed up the process by which biomedical engineering solutions can be brought to market to help patients.
September 6, 2013
The number of people in Missouri who worry about having sufficient food, or who experience outright hunger, is moving in the wrong direction, according to University of Missouri research.
August 26, 2013
As MU prepares for a new academic year, new facilitators for the education component and Media of the Future will continue the progress of the Mizzou Advantage.
August 22, 2013
The Missouri Voice, Swallow and Airway Center is keenly focused on One Health/One Medicine and translational medicine. Their mission is to care for patients (humans and animals) with voice, swallow and airway problems. Toward this goal, they are developing a team of cross-trained clinicians and researchers at MU who are learning to disrupt traditional boundaries between seemingly unrelated professions.
August 5, 2013
A new product that can help animal farmers reduce billions of dollars in heat-related losses was recently released by the University of Missouri.
July 11, 2013
Collaboration among faculty and students from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Computer Science, Human Environmental Sciences, Engineering and MU Extension has resulted in the development of an app that will help consumers locate, store and prepare fresh local produce.
May 23, 2013
“Given what is happening on campus with Mizzou Advantage and building interdisciplinary graduate programs, it’s an exciting time for the Graduate School,” said Rubin.
May 17, 2013
Tony Lupo, department chair of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia, recently appeared on a Moscow television station.
May 7, 2013
Exercise improves cognitive function, according to researcher Arthur Kramer.
May 6, 2013
“The goal is that by the end of their internship, they can take an event from its inception to its conclusion,” said Carolyn Foreman, event manager of University Club.
May 1, 2013
After stopping tray use, food waste dropped by approximately 6,000 pounds per month.
Christine Elsik is the first new hire for Mizzou Advantage.
April 25, 2013
MU assistant professor of forestry Francisco Aguilar is turning animal waste into cooking fuel using a bio-digester.
April 24, 2013
Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of farm accident in the United States. Latest figures from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health said there are approximately 250 tractor rollover fatalities each year.
A technique developed by University of Missouri Professor of Engineering Shubhra Gangopadhyay’s group may make food contamination testing more rapid and accurate.
The race was a fundraiser to help The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri feed hungry Missourians. More than $17,000 in donations were collected.
April 16, 2013
“Promoting healthy food options is particularly critical as food pantry clients’ risk of obesity is twice that of the general population,” said Tom Payne, vice chancellor and CAFNR dean.
April 11, 2013
The increase in Pacific Ocean temperatures is causing a trend away from a La Nina weather pattern and toward what climatologist call a neutral weather pattern.
April 10, 2013
“We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy.”
Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking later in the evening.
April 4, 2013
On March 15, MU hosted a panel of agricultural experts who discussed how the United States, and particularly its universities, can do more to promote food security in the developing world.
April 3, 2013
Childhood and adolescent obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past three decades. Being obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease in which individuals have too much sugar in their blood. Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help them stave off the disease.
March 27, 2013
Children affected with Menkes disease suffer from the inability to regulate copper intake through food consumption. MU Biochemistry researchers found young laboratory mice missing the ATP7A gene suffer characteristics similar to children with Menkes disease. The team found early intervention with a single dose of copper can negate the effects of the gene loss inRead more »
February 13, 2013
In an effort to assist those affected MU, with the help of a $500,000 grant, will work to build partnerships with food pantries in the northeast and central parts of the state.
Midwest farmers have fallen on hard times due to the drought that began in 2010.
December 13, 2012
The book is a how-to-guide for college and university educators preparing their own grant proposals.
A fruitful collaboration between students in different fields of science has earned their work a spot in the journal Nature.
Research on cost-efficient methods for hog farmers by MU extension swine specialist Marcia Shannon has recently received industry media attention for new developments.
November 30, 2012
Fu-hung Hsieh of biological engineering and food science, along with Harold Huff of food engineering, have developed a soy-based chicken alternative that will now move to commercial production.
November 26, 2012
MU food focus gets national stage.
November 1, 2012
As part of the Feed the World program, families in zone-based agricultural systems in Uganda are supported to improve food security and increase income.
October 25, 2012
A team of five food science students have developed the chocolate bar through every stage of the process, from chemistry to marketing, in collaboration with local Patric Chocolate.
Tiger Pantry has become the answer to a growing problem in hunger among students and employees of the university.
October 17, 2012
Mizzou Advantage awarded researcher Shibu Jose a seed grant in 2010 to pursue a big idea for a biomass/biofuel corridor along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and his progress has been receiving media attention ever since. The recent news is a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to analyze how various cropsRead more »
October 12, 2012
Fresh ideas about how to improve life in cities will be offered up in lectures provided by influential Columbia residents at the TEDxCoMo event scheduled for Saturday at City Hall.
October 8, 2012
This Mizzou Advantage project contributes to the Food for the Future area in a unique way: Investigators are finding new ways to grow and refine biomass in areas that won’t support traditional food crops.
Hunger in America, and its causes, consequences and possible solutions, will be the topic of a University of Missouri national symposium Oct. 17-19.
October 7, 2012
U.S. could face severe shortage of farmers in the next decade as older farmers begin to retire.
October 5, 2012
Carbon nanotubes hold promise for industry but need monitoring, say researchers at MU and USGS.
Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria.
August 22, 2012
Mizzou Advantage researchers release studying about how college students view body image and nutrition.
July 3, 2012
Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer.
June 26, 2012
Brenda and Tinaira are teaching a workshop in which students learn the importance of using biotechnology to reduce hunger as the world population continues to grow.
Chestnuts—we’ve all heard or sung about them roasting over an open fire, but what about brewed in beer, or ground for gluten-free flour?
While the impact of the 2011 flood in northwest Missouri will linger, researchers are using the unfortunate event as an opportunity to revisit research on planting crops after a flood.
Bradford Research Center will host two events to share the latest research and techniques for managing pests, improving yields and soil quality.
June 19, 2012
Ground source energy is an endlessly renewable resource that is not dependent upon the wind blowing, the sun shining nor the burning of fossil fuels.
June 14, 2012
An MU investigator is exploring how RNA could improve pharmaceuticals, agriculture and green energy.
In the future, table scraps could help power homes and businesses.
After 43 years with MU Extension, Bob Chapple is still advancing Missouri agriculture.
A University of Missouri researcher has found that children’s weight is associated with their math performance.
May 11, 2012
Several CAFNR students spent the last few weeks cultivating, harvesting and delivering fresh vegetables to MU’s campus.
April 27, 2012
Recently, MU unveiled its strategy for “One Mizzou.”
MU’s Melissa Mitchum and colleagues from other schools recently received a $466,000 grant to continue their research on protecting soybeans.
April 24, 2012
A Mizzou Advantage program has won some national praise.
April 17, 2012
Food experts say all aspects of government are needed to address food security and hunger. Deaton called for scientists to get involved, as well.
The alfalfa weevil hit the crop hard this spring, eating its way through the leaves of alfalfa with potential to ruin its forage value.
The Midwest Boar Stud Managers Conference in August will explain the newest advancements in academic and industry research to better manage male pigs.
CAFNR’s Food Pantry Nutrition Project is partnering researchers with eight mid-Missouri food pantries to improve nutrition.
April 10, 2012
A University of Missouri research team is beginning a two-year study to determine best methods to reclaim flood plain land.
With the ability to better decipher DNA related to disease, a new program could help in the development of new medicines or breeding better crops.
March 26, 2012
Faculty and students discussed the media’s affect on teenagers’ body image during a March 15 meeting.
Global hunger was the topic at the first Christopher “Kit” Bond Distinguished Lecture.
March 9, 2012
MU researchers are studying a pesticide to determine if it could be made more efficient and safer for those living near, and working in, treated fields.
The symposium will focus on what the latest soybean research promises for food, health and energy concerns worldwide.
Float Your Boat for the Food Bank Cardboard Regatta is happening April 21 and all proceeds go toward supplying food to needy mid-Missourians.
A DNA-sequencing effort at MU hope to help create soybeans that are more productive, more disease tolerant and have improved nutritional quality.
MU’s Entrepreneurship Program helps Missouri farmers innovate and try out new things in agriculture.
Producers can learn the latest strategies to insure healthy summer pastures at Forage Systems Research Center’s summer pasture workshop March 19 at 1:30 p.m.
March 2, 2012
The symposium will span the Kingdoms of Life and will address both the generation and analysis of metagenomic data.
Eating behavior, food culture, diet and more will be discussed during the 8th annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium, “Food Sense,” at the University of Missouri on March 16-18.
February 28, 2012
In recent decades, scientists have deciphered plants’ genetic codes piece-by-piece. Basic biological research on plant immunity has yielded a wealth of understanding as researchers learned how “receptors” within plant cells are able to recognize foreign pathogen proteins and then send out signals that lead to production of defense proteins.
February 22, 2012
An international research center co-directed by William Folk, Ph.D., biochemist, in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the School of Medicine, will study the medical effectiveness of the plant commonly called Sutherlandia.
A team of food scientists at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help MU students learn how to better detect and deal with contamination issues in the global food chain.
Research at the flood laboratory at the University of Missouri Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC), located at New Franklin, Mo., has found a practical solution to make flooded bottomlands economically productive again – cottonwood trees.
To help Missouri animal farmers go green and save money, a team made up of the University of Missouri (MU), Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA), and EnSave, Inc., will partner to provide energy audits, loans, interest buy downs, rebates and grants to retrofit energy-saving equipment.
University of Missouri researchers, together with scientists at Missouri State University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, are investigating the genes that make Norton grapes resistant to fungal pathogens that can plague other varieties of wine grapes.
Elizabeth Fenner, a food science graduate student at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is finishing testing of an experimental ice cream that starts as one flavor then shifts to another before being swallowed.
Today, the Nepal interior economy is thriving because of a small, but significant, change in production technique. Families not only have food, but a surplus to sell for cash. Tourists flock to the area to sample the catch, bringing in more money. All that was needed was a little science from a University of Missouri aquatic ecologist.
Teng Teeh Lim recently received a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to develop a computer model that allows large producers to use the size and other simple information about their swine or dairy farm to give them a better idea of the amount of emissions and what they can do to address odor or emission issues.
An MU project is partnering with nine pantries in the mid-Missouri area to help evaluate the success of several intervention strategies to collect and distribute healthier food.
Jeff Firman, a professor of poultry production and nutrition at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has developed a new turkey diet that can save producers $13-25 per ton.
February 21, 2012
MU researchers are studying ways to boost sorghum potential to brew not booze, but biofuel.
The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center is embarking on the university’s first nationally funded organic farming research project.
Tim Reinbott is creating a system where food grown at Bradford is served by Campus Dining and then food waste travels back to Bradford to make compost.
With help from a new genetic device, animal breeders may soon be building betters cows that produce more and better beef and tastier profits.
With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).
Researchers at the University of Missouri may someday be able to help ranchers identify cattle that mysteriously have the ability to gain weight while eating less.
Gene Stevens, an extension associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, is using a staple of Midwestern farms, center-pivot irrigation, to develop a new way of growing rice.
A multi-disciplinary team at the Bradford Research Center will explore the best management practices for a three-year organic transition phase.
Thanks to the work of researchers at Dow AgroSciences, who have been collaborating with a University of Missouri researcher, a new weapon may be on the horizon to eliminate superweeds
A research team, led by plant scientists at the University of Missouri, has created a soybean variant that produces oil that does not have to be hydrogenated before going into food – adding no trans-fat.
Grade A Missouri maple syrup can be had right here in Boone County. Rich Guyette, professor of forestry at MU, has been harvesting, boiling and bottling the sweet stuff for the last 36 years on his property near the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center.
Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way.
Starting in 1999, an interdisciplinary team of an MU researchers revolutionized the raising of dairy cattle in Missouri, saving the industry and turning it into a lucrative market for Missouri farmers in the process.
Two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops are now operational at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia.
A food company will use Mizzou research to launch a new product that not only tastes like chicken, but chews like it, too.
February 15, 2012
Three farms in Missouri are breaking ground to cultivate black truffles with the help of an MU researcher
December 28, 2011
In 2011, 20/20 Columbia proved that great ideas taste even better when they’re delivered fast and fresh. Now, the project is ringing in 2012 with a new website that features videos of past presentations.
December 6, 2011
As public debate about global warming, pollution, water shortages and the organic movement intensifies, issues about food are often at the center of the controversy. For journalists, explaining how food is grown and why it matters means first understanding the science, then making it relevant.
October 7, 2011
Trenton, Mo., native Eric Hoffman has a new method for feeding cows – a rotation-based grazing system.
Pumping up the nutrition of ice cream might be easier than cutting consumption.
With help from MU professionals, teenager Teyonna Ruppert is trying to buck the fast food culture trend.
Seekers of new knowledge need to look in the right places. Humanities research is a good place to start.
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