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On a bitter cold day this past January, professor Tom Sims is surrounded by signs of spring – hundreds of delicate blossoms in shades of purple and pink and white sprouting in an old greenhouse on campus at NIU’s Montgomery Hall. This is petunia central, and the spadework done here could help usher in a...
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Using parasitic wasps to fight the fly population might sound like something out of the latest sci-fi film, but entomologists are actually researching this bug battle to find environmentally friendly solutions for pest control. At the next STEM Café, NIU professor Bethia King and Ph.D. candidate Ted Burgess from NIU’s Department of Biological Sciences will...
In a state known for agriculture, most people are surprised to learn that Illinois produces very little food for its own residents. Almost all of the $50 billion Illinoisans spend on food each year leaves the state, as the majority of Illinois’ farmable land is given over to monoculture row crops such as corn and...
Genetically modified crops have been grown in the United States for decades, but they remain controversial. Are these crops the answer to world hunger? Good for the environment? Safe to eat? NIU’s STEM Café will address the topic, “Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St....
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Agriculture consistently ranks among the top three most hazardous occupations in the United States. This summer, one migrant farm worker and two seasonal farm workers died tragic deaths in Illinois cornfields. Two of those who lost their lives were teenagers; the third was a husband and father of three daughters. Two other Illinois teenagers lost...