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University study first to look at gut fungi and diet

New research from the University of Minnesota sheds light on the relationship between obesity and an often-overlooked aspect of gut health: fungi. While previous studies have examined the impact of diet on gut bacteria, this research – published this month – is the first to demonstrate a connection between fungi and diet. These findings give important support for the idea that gut fungal communities may contribute to metabolic health.

University receives patent for cyanide antidote

The University of Minnesota was granted a patent for a fast-acting cyanide antidote last month, a development over a decade in the making. While other cyanide antidotes already exist, the antidote developed by University researchers is more effective than others on the market, in part because it’s administered by injection. Researchers hope the antidote will save the lives of people exposed to hydrogen cyanide, including firefighters, industrial workers and terrorist attack victims.

University solar car builders race across Outback this week

Members of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project will drive about 1,800 miles across the Australian Outback this week in an international solar car competition. The University team is one of 42 groups competing in this year’s World Solar Challenge, a biennial event that requires teams to design a car powered only by the sun. Participants say the contest is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on engineering and business experience, as well as spark community interest in environmental sustainability.

University research focuses on little-studied forests

An experiment led by University of Minnesota researchers sheds light on restoration efforts in an often-overlooked environment. The research, conducted with foresters in Costa Rica, identifies trait-based screenings — which use measurable plant characteristics — as the best way to choose plant species for restoration projects in tropical dry forests. Some experts say these areas have been under-studied and hope the findings will be useful in climate change research worldwide.

CFANS student seeks funding for research to synthesize dairy

After making it to the finals of a national research competition, a University of Minnesota graduate student is searching for funding for an innovative agricultural project. College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Sciences student Andrew Carter’s proposal to synthesize dairy in a lab using cellular agriculture was one of 45 finalists in National Geographic’s 2017 Chasing Genius contest, which sought strategies for feeding the world’s growing population. While Carter didn’t win, he’s still searching for ways to move forward with his “futuristic” dairy production idea.

University offers new program for baby boomers

A new University of Minnesota program aims to bring baby boomers back to school. In its inaugural year, the University’s Advanced Careers program allows ten fellows aged 55 and up to take classes at the University this semester and participate in an internship this spring. Organizers say the program’s focus is to help baby boomers interested in nonprofit work transition to careers. 

University researchers release new ‘crisp’ and ‘juicy’ apple

The nationally renowned University of Minnesota apple growing program released a new apple this year: the Rave.  Nearly 20 years in the making, this apple is the fastest ever developed by University researchers in the program’s 100-year history. The fruit, described by some as juicy and tart, will be more widely available next year.