"Environment" research area
MnDRIVE Environment

Advancing industry, conserving our environment

Advancing industry, conserving our environment will enhance opportunities for Minnesota industries, including agriculture and mining, through the use of science and technology to solve environmental challenges and efficiently use water resources. One particularly promising and sustainable approach involves bioremediation, the use of microorganisms to remove pollutants from the environment. Bioremediation presents new opportunities for researchers to partner with industry to develop solutions for increasingly complex and costly environmental and public health challenges. In the long-term, targeted efforts will lead to both improved water quality across the Iron Range and the Mississippi and Minnesota River watersheds, and greater employment and commerce. 


James Christenson, Former NIH Trainee, Wins National Award

James Christenson was the sole recipient of the Founder’s Award travel grant by the U.S. Enzyme Mechanism research community for 2017. 

U Of M Seeks $23.5M To Expand MnDRIVE Research Aligned With Economic Growth Goals

State-funded program focuses on biotech, other fields with commercialization promise.

MnDRIVE bioremediation initiative supports field scale demonstration projects

MnDRIVE supported bioremediation research tailors field-scab bioreactors to cold climate

MnDRIVE bioreactor research featured on Minnesota Corn Growers Association blog

The recent MnDRIVE field day held in early June showcasing bioreactor research on Gorans' farm was featured on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association blog, Minnesota Cornerstone.

MnDRIVE research by Drs. Bo Hu, Vanessa Pegos, and Mikael Elias featured on CBS Connect website

Solving the P Paradox—A group of researchers is working on a potentially game-changing approach to capturing and repurposing phosphate, a critical nutrient and notorious pollutant, via CBS Connect