Global Food


A Global Food Ventures fellow is using plant DNA to better predict how plants will perform in a changing climate

Rafael Della Coletta, MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Research Fellow and PhD candidate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), is working to improve modeling systems that can predict which strains of maize will withstand yearly climatic changes, laying out a blueprint for plant breeders and ultimately, farmers.

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Eliminating E.coli by changing human behavior

With funding and support from the MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Research FellowshipMadhura Vachon, a PhD student in the University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Public Health’s (SPH) Division of Environmental Health Science, has been able to study whether or not people who have direct contact with farm animals have more severe clinical outcomes than people who get the toxin-producing E.coli from other sources. 

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Researchers measure contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic systems

A team of researchers recently set out to measure the presence of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) — chemicals that are materializing in our environment and were previously unknown, unrecognized, or unregulated — in areas where the Grand Portage Band fishes for subsistence. Their goal is to better understand the distribution and potential impact CEC’s have on wildlife and human health. The team recently published their first paper on the subject in Science of the Total Environment

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