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NFHC Member- Dr. Bob Hutkins speaks in Washington D.C.

March 8th, 2019

Dr. Bob Hutkins was an invited speaker at the Food Forum 2019 meeting in Washington D.C.  Held at the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the Food Forum brings together leaders from academia, industry, and government.  The theme for the Spring meeting was “Beyond Traditional Nutrition” and included topics on probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods, functional and bioactive foods, and nutrition policy.  Prof. Hutkins spoke on fermented foods and the microbiota.

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Sequenced genome of ancient crop could raise yields: Insights may expand farming options, add economic value in Nebraska Panhandle

March 4th, 2019

Humanity has finally gotten to know one of its oldest, hardiest crops on a genetic level.

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages.

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NFHC Member- Dr. James Schnable receives NAPPN Early Career Scientist Award

February 21st, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. – NFHC member, Dr. James Schnable has recently been awarded the Early Career Scientist Award from the North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN). Schnable has been an assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2014.

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NFHC Member- Dr. David Hyten selected for new faculty leadership program

January 30th, 2019

 

Lincoln, Neb. – NFHC member, Dr. David Hyten is one of 28 University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members selected by the Executive Vice Chancellor's office for the Faculty Leadership in Academia: From Inspiration to Reality (FLAIR) program.

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Nebraska microbiologist investigates antibiotics and gut health

December 19, 2018

Lincoln, Neb. — Commonly used antibiotics can work wonders when it comes to eradicating “bad” bacteria like those that cause strep throat, pneumonia or urinary tract infections. But how do they affect the “good” bacteria in your gastrointestinal microbiome?

Jennifer Auchtung, a food microbiologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has been awarded a $387,955 grant from the Centers for Disease Control to begin searching for an answer to that question.

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NU regents approve $5 million mouse house to grow research into how the gut affects health

December 4, 2018

LINCOLN — University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists know the little guts of mice are similar enough to the human gut to yield valuable information.

The NU Board of Regents on Tuesday approved construction of a new $5 million facility where, among other things, mice will exist in a germ-free environment. The building will be privately funded and erected next door to the East Campus building in which the mice currently live.

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Early gut bacteria shape intestinal ecosystem

November 27, 2018

Beating their brethren to the gut can help bacteria make a lasting impression, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The study suggests that the order in which bacterial species stake out unclaimed territory in the gut can shape an intestinal ecosystem for a lifetime, potentially shifting the odds of certain health outcomes in the process.

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NFHC members receive recognition at Harvard conference

October 16, 2018

Two members of the Department of Food Science and Technology and the Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC) participated in the Gut Health, Microbiota, and Probiotics conference held last week at Harvard Medical School. This widely attended conference featured Dr. Jeff Gordon (Washington University) as the keynote speaker along with other leading international researchers in the gut microbiota field.

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Husker research to explore the emergence of specialized body parts, plants

August 21, 2018

Lincoln, Neb. — New research conducted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s James Schnable will use corn to test the idea that the emergence of specialized body parts occurs through whole genome duplication.

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Husker-developed bacterium outperforms commercial probiotic

August 9, 2018

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have developed a probiotic — sometimes referred to as beneficial bacteria — inside the competitive environment of the human gut, where it successfully competed against trillions of microorganisms.

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