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The Promising Future of Food Waste

When someone mentions “food security,” eggshells and banana peels may not be the first things that come to mind. But to Larry Baker, a research professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, our food waste could be the key to a happy and healthy future.

As part of the MnDRIVE-funded Waste Not project, Baker and his fellow researchers are working to close the loop on our organic waste systems. By finding ways to transform these systems, they hope to reduce the cost of disposal, as well as the environmental impacts of food production.

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.