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Bitten

When it comes to mosquitoes, nobody wants to be attractive

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Lignin is a tough organic compound that gives plants like this poplar their structure—and it’s one of the biggest obstacles in breaking down plants to produce biofuel. John Ralph and his team have created a new technology that makes it easier to break down (or “unzip”) the lignin in cell walls to release the cellulose within. (Photo by Matthew Wisniewski/Wisconsin Energy Institute)

The Future, Unzipped

Biochemist John Ralph and his colleagues have pioneered a technology that could revolutionize how industry produces biofuels and other value-added goods

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Entomologist Shawn Steffan poses with SPLAT (in beaker) and a UAV—but the UAVs to be used in SPLAT application, now being built in partnership with BSE professor Brian Luck, will be bigger and better. (Photo by Joan Fischer/UW-Madison CALS)

Moth Mating, Disrupted

CALS researchers deploy insect “birth control” to protect cranberries

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Light streaming through gaps in the forest canopy. The size and distribution of those gaps are a key structural element in determining the features of an old-growth forest.

The New Old Forest

Clear-cutting in past centuries left Wisconsin with very few old-growth forests—and fewer of the environmental benefits they provide. CALS has partnered with the DNR and other institutions on a long-term project to learn how such forests can be reestablished and sustainably used.

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Natural beauty: A rock bluff along the Kickapoo River, one of the area's many draws for tourists.

Stay Longer in the Kickapoo

CALS researchers help extend the tourist season in Wisconsin’s scenic west

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