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Research News

Research Backed by NASA, U.S. Geological Survey will Inform Changes in Water-wise Irrigation Techniques

Research Backed by NASA, U.S. Geological Survey will Inform Changes in Water-wise Irrigation Techniques

A team of researchers from the UNT is using high quality satellite and aerial imagery to study how farmers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley are using water resources and how the farmers’ irrigation methods have changed over the past decades.

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Sustainable Plant-Based Fuel

Sustainable Plant-Based Fuel

Researchers in Richard Dixon’s lab have been studying C-lignin, a type of fiber in the seed coats of certain exotic plants, since his team member Fang Chen discovered it in 2011. Helping plants produce C-lignin could lead to crops that are useful for creating an economically feasible plant-based jet fuel, among other applications.

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Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

A team of students from UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, mentored by UNT BioDiscovery Institute’s Calvin Henard and Mauricio Antunes, is the first group from UNT to participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The team genetically modified bacteria to mitigate greenhouse gases.

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Health and Textile Furnishings

Health and Textile Furnishings

Hae Jin Gam, associate professor of fashion design, received a “Best Paper” award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for research on the effects of health consciousness on environmentally sustainable textile furnishing product purchasing.

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Transforming Biogas into Sustainable Products Using Bacteria

Transforming Biogas into Sustainable Products Using Bacteria

Calvin Henard researches methanotrophic bacteria to convert methane gas into bioplastics, biofuels and other valuable products, rather than allow it to be released into the atmosphere.

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Revolutionizing Ammonia Production

Revolutionizing Ammonia Production

Three UNT Chemistry professors’ research could lower greenhouse gases and save money worldwide as they answer questions leading to a more environmentally friendly and efficient production of ammonia, a chemical vital to agriculture worldwide.

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Bee Sustainable

Bee Sustainable

UNT became a Bee Campus USA in 2016, and in 2019 the College of Science recruited Elinor Lichtenberg, assistant professor of ecology, who studies plant-pollinator interactions.

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Celebrating Increased Biodiversity

Celebrating Increased Biodiversity

The UNT Pecan Creek Pollinative Prairie is once again in full bloom. Each new season welcomes more biodiversity to the area near the UNT Discovery Park Campus and a rich educational space for the UNT community to conduct important environmental research.

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Changing the Building Industry

Changing the Building Industry

Researchers in the College of Engineering have developed a new building insulation product that is stronger, safer and more sustainable than conventional polyurethane-based products.

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Researching Pollinators

Researching Pollinators

Elinor Lichtenberg is a behavioral and community ecologist interested in how plant-pollinator interactions change with the biological community.

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Partnering with Texas Parks and Wildlife

Partnering with Texas Parks and Wildlife

David Hoeinghaus is partnering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to protect the fish and others in their ecosystem.

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City of Dallas Funds Water Conservation Program

City of Dallas Funds Water Conservation Program

Rudi Thompson, associate professor of biological sciences, is successfully changing behavior and saving billions of gallons of water each year through the city of Dallas’ Environmental Education Initiative.

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