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Research

At the College of Biological Sciences we learn biology by doing biology, and our faculty are on the cutting edge of research and discovery in the field. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities concerning research at CBS.

Soil horizon swings

Researchers dig into what earthworms wiggling into previously worm-less areas around Itasca and northern Minnesota means for soils.

earthworm wiggles on forest floor

The team loads up the bags of dried mustard in the car. Next stop: northwest Minnesota. It may sound like a restaurant delivery, but the condiment’s final stop won’t be a diner booth.

Study indicates gut microbiome, host gene affect GI disorders

In a new study published in Nature Microbiology, researchers demonstrated the power of integrating the microbiome and host gene expression data tpo provide insights into their combined role in gastrointestinal diseases. The microbiome consists of all microbes in the gut including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. This study focused on bacteria.

A bacterial bullseye

Microbial Engineering graduate student Maddy Bygd identified a promising new candidate for remediating “forever chemicals” in soil. 

Maddy Bygd stands in the lab