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  • Posted on May 14, 2018
    Ancient Method Helps Feed Present-Day Communities

    In remote villages and rural towns from Guatemala to Costa Rica, horticulture professor James Nienhuis and his former grad student Erick Gutiérrez MS’17 are improving […]

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    The Poverty-Biodiversity Link in Western Amazonia

    In examining the loss of plant and animal life in the Amazon, scientists and the media often focus on the effects of deforestation. But a […]

  • Posted on March 7, 2018
    Corn Conundrum

    Highly productive corn varieties have more trouble adapting to changing environmental conditions, so more balanced breeding may be needed

  • Posted on October 16, 2017
    Back to Farming Basics in Guatemala

    When Claudia Calderón touched down in the fertile highlands of western Guatemala, she was stepping into a sociological experiment already afoot. What brought her to […]

  • Posted on June 20, 2017
    Unintended Consequences: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    For Dominic Parker, a professor of agricultural and applied economics, a research foray into mining practices in Africa dug up some unexpected findings. Parker wanted […]

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    “Interwoven tapestry” of lakes and land: Iceland

    Swarms of midges rise out of a lake in northern Iceland in such enormous numbers every spring and summer that they can impair breathing and […]

  • Posted on February 20, 2017
    Undergrad helps teach orphans about hydroponic farming

    There are capstones, and there are capstones. For his capstone—a discipline-spanning research project required of all students graduating from CALS—soil science student Jacob Kruse BS’16 […]

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    Adventures in Global Health

    When it comes to study abroad experiences, an elephant ride in Thailand is pretty hard to beat. “The entire time we were around the elephants, […]

  • Posted on October 24, 2016
    Mali: Helping women farm

    Women in many industrialized countries are all too familiar with the “second shift”—the domestic duties they still perform disproportionately (compared with their husbands) once their […]

  • Posted on October 5, 2016
    Uganda: Soap paves the way

    Most of us take soap for granted in our daily lives. Not so in the village of Lweza, Uganda, where only a third of the […]

  • Posted on July 1, 2016
    Safer Nanotech

    A CALS researcher is investigating the biological impacts of nanomaterials

  • Posted on March 4, 2016
    Ecuador: Better Health through Messaging

    Some communities in Ecuador face high incidences of water-borne illness because of contaminated water or poor hygiene and sanitation. It’s a multipronged problem calling for […]