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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

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A large international team of forest ecologists including U of M ecologist Jennifer Powers and University of Minnesota graduate student Justin Becknell sought to answer that question by analyzing recovery of aboveground biomass using 1,500 forest plots and 45 sites across Latin America. The researchers found that carbon uptake in these new-growth tropical forests was surprisingly robust. Their findings will appear in the print edition of the journal Nature February 11.

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The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

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For the first time in seven years, the University’s Titan Arum, or “Corpse Flower,” is about to make its malodorous appearance. The College of Biological Sciences Conservatory will be open for public viewing (and smelling) of the Corpse Flower beginning February 1.

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What: Annual Climate Adaptation Conference, sponsored by the U of M’s Water Resources Center
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis North, 2200 Freeway Boulevard, Brooklyn Center
When: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

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Water is essential to human well-being, yet reports of water shortages surface daily. Now, thanks to a team of global water experts, planning for water development and use just took a giant leap forward.

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Researchers have found clear evidence that communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species, once complicating factors are removed.

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IonE director Jessica Hellmann has been named to the first cohort of Public Engagement Fellows of theLeshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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A project aimed at developing polyurethane foam that can be recycled has won the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award competition held Dec. 3 at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.

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Because plants need carbon dioxide to grow, scientists have expected rising atmospheric CO2 to substantially enhance plant growth, offsetting a portion of human CO2 emissions and, in turn, slowing climate change. However, new research from the Institute on the Environment published today in Nature Climate Change adds to a growing body of research challenging this expectation.

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