Two projects by CALS students are among the 30 that made it to the final round of the Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances competition, a national contest to encourage students to develop multi-disciplinary, entrepreneurial projects and business plans that can help address the challenges facing 21st-century agriculture.
Support the CALS finalists by voting for them in the Audience Choice Prize competition on Facebook. The winner earns a $15,000 award.
Team members: Chris Johnson and Mary Pitassi, graduate students in bacteriology.
Brief project description: They are engineering a probiotic bacterium that can help combat vitamin A deficiency, a major problem in developing countries. Read more on Facebook.
Team members: Lin Lu and Yi-Cheng Wang, grad students in biological systems engineering; Kristin Runge and Leona Yi-Fan Su, grad students in Life Sciences Communication; and Wesley Lee, who recently earned an MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business.
Brief project description: MoniTag is a low-cost nanotechnology-based food sensor designed to reduce post-harvest waste through spoilage. Read more on Facebook.
Remember to vote! Here’s the link to the Audience Choice Prize competition.