"Environment" research area


Remediation and Selective Recovery of Metals by Manganese-Oxidizing Microbes

A variety of metals mined in northern Minnesota are commonly used in the electronics, communications, and energy industries.  However, mining occurs at a cost. The development of an effective and low-cost bioremediation system to treat the heavy metal impaired waters of northern MN would provide significant ecosystem benefits.

The Future of Fertilizer

Urea is the primary source of nitrogen in agricultural fertilizer. However, due to high application rates, high levels of nitrate runoff into nearby waterways and threaten human health and local ecosystems. A successful demonstration of optimally-blended urea-based fertilizers could provide lower costs to farmers and offer a scalable solution to nitrate runoff and water impairment issues.