Research Updates

Sorghum
Nebraska is partnering with the University of Illinois in the $104-million Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation. Biochemistry professor Edgar Cahoon and agronomy and horticulture professor Tom Clemente will lead Nebraska’s part of the project; their goal is to genetically enhance certain sorghum species so that the stems and leaves contain more oil and less starch. (Photo by Craig Chandler)

Plant Scientists Aim to Turn Sorghum into Jet Fuel July 19, 2017

As members of a new federally funded bioenergy research center, two Nebraska plant scientists plan to spend the next five years working to expand the oil-producing capability of sorghum, a drought-tolerant crop that can be grown on more marginal lands than other farm crops.

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How Fast Do Corn Roots Grow? ISU is Taking a Look June 22, 2017

Have you ever wondered how fast corn roots grow? Colleagues at Iowa State University have a number: more than 2 ¾ inches per leaf stage. That's about one inch per day!  Soil cores were taken in the row and in the center between two rows. They used the cores to identify the presence of roots (depth and lateral growth).

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Bernd Friebe, KSU Wheat Genetics Researcher

Kansas State University Researchers Identify New Gene to Resist Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus June 9, 2017

The new gene, the third known to provide resistance, is the first that can do so at outdoor temperatures of 75° Fahrenheit and higher.

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Amit Jhala (left) and Debalin Sarangi
Amit Jhala (left) and Debalin Sarangi (right) along with other scientists detected pollen-mediated gene flow from glyphosate-resistant common waterhemp in Nebraska.

New Research Quantifies the Dispersal of Glyphosate Resistance Trait Through Pollen-Mediated Gene Flow May 18, 2017

The pollen-mediated gene flow was detected 38% to 54% at 0.1 meter distance and 5% to 9% at 50 meters, the highest distance tested in this study.

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Center pivot irrigation

Nebraska Researchers on Multi-State Team to Study Psychology of Water Use May 17, 2017

Six University of Nebraska researchers will join colleagues at Penn State University, Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) to develop a model for engaging communities and stakeholders around issues of sustainable water use. The project will help us better understand how farmers and other water users get information and make decisions about water usage in agriculture.

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brown stink bug

A New Stink Bug IPM Resource for Midwest Corn and Soybean Growers May 5, 2017

In a new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest management the authors review the biology, ecology, and management of several species of stink bugs common to the Midwest, including the green stink bug, brown marmorated stink bug, redshouldered stink bug, brown stink bug, and onespotted stink bug, all of which are found in Nebraska. Photos and drawings would aid in identification in the field.

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Research Brief: Ecology and Management of the Alfalfa Weevil April 28, 2017

If you're growing alfalfa, UNL entomologists recommend a new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management: Ecology and Management of the Alfalfa Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Western United States Alfalfa by Makenzie E. Pellissier, Zoe Nelson, and Randa Jabbour.

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Example of a randomized experiment design

Multi-State Research Looks at Means for Optimizing Inputs to Enhance Profits April 21, 2017

Six researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on the USDA-NIFA-funded Data Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) project. DIFM is based at the University of Illinois, and also involves the Universities of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois State. The overarching goal of the project is to collect production data after conducting large-scale, on-farm randomized input use field trials, and then using the information to inform growers of optimal input use practices to enhance their profits.

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