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Partnership with national laboratory brings latest diagnostic tests to university
A Kansas State University veterinary medicine team is partnering with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to bring the latest diagnostic tools to the university and provide opportunities for students.

A trifecta of water-planning tools
Fall is a good time for irrigators to plan future cropping systems, and Kansas State University's Mobile Irrigation Lab has a variety of online tools that can help.

Protein found in insect blood that helps power pests' immune responses
By studying a protein called beta-1,3-glucan recognition protein in the blood of a caterpillar, Kansas State University researchers have found a genetic mechanism that may help trigger an insect's immune system into killing pathogens in the insect's blood.

New NBAF video shows design features
An informative fly-through video of the National Bio and Agro-defense facility, or NBAF, has been posted online at

BCI develops training modules in collaboration with $25 million research effort
The Beef Cattle Institute has released a new series of online training modules that focus on E. coli prevention in beef cattle.

Report projects positive outlook for pork producers and consumers
The U.S. pork industry today is small by historic standards. But, signs of producers holding back more females to increase the breeding herd mean the industry is in the process of expanding, which could put more pounds of pork in grocery stores by the middle of next year, said Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for K-State Research and Extension.

Food animal production faces challenges with new antibiotic regulations
New U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations will phase out the use of growth promotion indications in medically important antibiotics. Michael Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, explains some of the changes producers and veterinarians can expect to see as a result of the new regulations. 

Water research tackles growing grassland threat: trees
Two Kansas State University biologists are studying streams to prevent tallgrass prairies from turning into shrublands and forests.

BVD testing could pay off big
A Kansas State University veterinarian reviews a new study about the economic value of testing calves for bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD.

University awarded $50 million competitive grant to support fourth federal research lab, focused on sustainable intensification
Kansas State University has been awarded a $50 million grant to establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification. The lab will be the global leader on increasing food production with limited resources and reduced stress on the environment. It is the fourth Feed the Future Innovation Lab awarded to Kansas State University.