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MnDRIVE: Food Safety Research Leads to Multiple Technology Breakthroughs

In 2015, the MnDRIVE initiative approved funding for a research project in Professor Abdennour Abbas’ laboratory to pursue food safety innovations. This research not only yielded ground-breaking technologies for rapid detection of bacteria to prevent food poisoning, but also the development of packaging that informs users if their food is safe to consume, the creation of a spin off company for clean water technology, and numerous benefits to our local community and to Minnesota. 

James Bradeen: Repositioning Minnesota’s Crop Sciences

There are approximately 250,000 acres of oat grown in Minnesota, and almost half of that can easily be destroyed by a plant pathogen known as oat rust. It is a major problem affecting the oat and milling industries. Oat production is projected to increase globally over the coming years, and seeing as most of the North American production is happening right over the border in Canada, the University of Minnesota is motivated to bring more oat fields back home.

Rapid TB Screening Could Save Human Lives and Reduce Economic Losses to Farmers

A quick and inexpensive test would require a drop of blood on a test strip and would be 90 percent accurate in diagnosing Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in the early phases of infection. It could also be used to determine whether specific treatments are effective in eliminating individual infections, helping to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

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