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Researchers study whether char from sugarbeet plants will improve soil Thursday, November 17, 2016
Spreading char from sugarbeet plants

Scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have begun a multi-year study into whether high-carbon char, a fine, powdery coal dust left over from the processing of sugarbeets, will improve the soil if applied to farmers’ fields.

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Sutton receives Green Roof Excellence Award for Research Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Richard Sutton
Richard Sutton, professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, received the Green Roof Excellence Award for Research for his book, Green Roof Ecosystems, at the 2016 Cities Alive Conference in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28.

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Four named recipients of Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award Monday, November 14, 2016
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Angela Bastidas, Fatima Tenorio, Mon-Ray Shao and Jorge Venegas, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture graduate students, were named recipients of the Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award. The Widaman Trust was established in 1975 through a generous gift provided to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Ms. Blanche Widaman.

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Easterly awarded Al Moseman International Fellowship Friday, November 11, 2016
Amanda Easterly
Amanda Easterly, agronomy graduate student, has been awarded the Al Moseman International Fellowship. Her advisor is P. Stephen Baenziger. Easterly’s research focus is on the evaluation of hybrid wheat for the Great Plains and to build models to predict theoretical hybrid combinations.

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Six named recipients of Milton E. Mohr Fellowship Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture doctoral candidates Thomas Butts, Zahoor Ganie, Margarita Marroquin-Guzman, Joshua Miller, Karen Ferreira da Silva, and Guangchao Sun have been named recipients of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Milton E. Mohr Fellowship. These fellowships recognize exceptional graduate students based on academic and scholastic achievement or promise.

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UNL launches hemp research Monday, November 7, 2016
Professor Ismail Dweikat University of Nebraska

After months of paperwork and navigating bureaucratic red tape, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have planted their first crop of legal hemp. About 150 plants with the distinctive frond leaf, previously relegated to roadside ditches, are nestled in warm and slightly humid greenhouses on UNL's East Campus.

Full story at Lincoln Journal Star


Kumar awarded Henry M. Beachell Fellowship Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju
Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju, an agronomy graduate student specializing in plant breeding and genetics, was awarded the distinguished Henry M. Beachell Fellowship. Kumar’s current research involves utilizing induced epigenetic variation in plant breeding and he is advised by Sally Mackenzie, Ralph and Alice Raikes Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture.

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Clemente published in Forbes Friday, November 4, 2016
Soybeans

Eugene W. Price Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology Tom Clemente discusses two primary co-products derived from the soybean, protein and oil, that make up approximately 40 percent and 20 percent of the seed, respectively. Genetic approaches to add value to either of these co-products are ongoing efforts in soybean breeding and genetics programs.

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2017 Nebraska Turf Conference set for Jan. 10–12 Thursday, November 3, 2016
Nebraska Turf Conference
The 2017 Nebraska Turf Conference sponsored by the Nebraska Turfgrass Association and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Turfgrass Science program will be held Jan. 10–12 at the LaVista Conference Center.

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Environmental horticulturist earns grant to study biodegradable mulch Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sam Wortman

Sam Wortman, assistant professor and environmental horticulturist in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska­–Lincoln, has earned a three-year, $499,718 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to evaluate biodegradable mulch and identify opportunities to speed its degradation in soil.

Full story at IANR News


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