A taste of freedom

Their salvation would be pickles. That was the decision of a group of farmers in Sumter County, Alabama, who were struggling financially. But when they tried to purchase cucumber seeds from a local merchant, the seller refused. The growers eventually …

Beyond eating: Indirectly, deer change the landscape

It is widely known that the white-tailed deer is a nonstop eater. Unless it is sleeping or fleeing from a predator, the keystone North American herbivore is nearly always nibbling. Ecologically, deer herbivory is a fairly well understood phenomenon. The …

Monsanto donates Middleton plant research facility to UW-Madison

A $10 million commercial biotech plant laboratory in Middleton, Wisconsin, first opened in 1982 with the help of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists, will soon become part of UW–Madison following a donation from Monsanto Co. The facility, a labyrinth of greenhouses …

Potato industry commits $5M to support UW-Madison potato and vegetable research program

Wisconsin’s potato industry has had a strong, decades-long partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s potato researchers, one that has helped place Wisconsin among the top three potato-producing states in the nation. Now, in order to ensure the ongoing strength of …

The mysteries of mitochondria: Functions, behavior and implications for human health

Imagine having your car towed to the shop for unknown repairs, and watching a trusted local mechanic pop the hood and take a ponderous look inside. Minutes pass as he runs a gauntlet of software and fluid checks, and pokes …

UW-Madison launches Microbiome Initiative

We are not alone. Each of us carries a wide array of microbial species that outnumber our cells tenfold. Recent studies have shown that the complement of microorganisms, the microbiome, is an important determinant of human health and disease. The …

From space to the field: Farmers test new technology to better predict crop yields

Images captured from satellites orbiting 440 miles above the Earth tell a powerful, richly detailed story about crop yields—revealing the lushness or deficits of fields with surprising precision. With the help of about 100 farmers so far as part of …

Job outlook is bright for new CALS graduates

With graduation comes a surge of young professionals seeking new employment, and the future is looking bright for the latest batch of agricultural and life science students. While many CALS undergraduates go on to earn master’s degrees, hiring opportunities are promising for …

2016: CALS year in review

The end of the year is a great time to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the CALS community. Here are some of the stories that made 2016 a memorable year for the college: Kemp station celebrated grand …

Fast Plants Program’s new varieties are tailored for classroom use

A UW–Madison program built around plants that mature quickly enough to engage the scientific curiosity of elementary through college students is releasing two new varieties that make the popular plants even better suited to classrooms. The Wisconsin Fast Plants are …