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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. Research evaluating the role in methanotrophic bacteria of the enzyme RubisCO, an enzyme also found in plants that is responsible for the majority of carbon dioxide utilization on Earth, was recently published in...

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Moving Toward Carbon-negative Manufacturing

Moving Toward Carbon-negative Manufacturing

Chemistry professor Shengqian Ma will spearhead the development of an industrial direct-air carbon dioxide capture module as part of a $2 million, three-year project for the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a prototype low-cost system for capturing carbon dioxide waste from manufacturing emissions and cleanly converting it into ethanol.

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Bee Sustainable

Bee Sustainable

Bees and their importance to the survival of food crops and biodiversity have received a lot of attention in recent years. 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. She researches bees and other insects that visit flowers, their behavior and ecology, how humans...

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Particulates in Precipitation

Particulates in Precipitation

From radioactive rain to hitchhiking tardigrades, particulates in precipitation have big implications for ecosystems, according to ecosystem geographer Alexandra Ponette-González. She shines a magnifying glass on the microscopic materials that land on and flow through plants with water in a paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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Furthering Understanding of Plant Molecules

Furthering Understanding of Plant Molecules

A UNT College of Science professor has moved researchers across the globe closer to understanding how to make condensed tannins in forage crops such as alfalfa, not only making food more nutritious for animals, but potentially improving food supply and limiting global warming.

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Introducing Middle School Students to Citizen Science

Introducing Middle School Students to Citizen Science

National Geographic awarded a UNT research scientist a grant to support her work introducing middle school children to scientific research projects through citizen science. Kelly Albus will lead an interdisciplinary team of faculty from UNT’s Advanced Environmental Research Institute for a project that invites teachers and students to map air quality in their own communities.

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Supporting Aquatic Toxicology Research

Supporting Aquatic Toxicology Research

Like many scientists, Rachel Leads was fascinated by biology from a young age. A family trip to the Pacific Northwest at twelve years old introduced her to coastline tide pools and captured her fascination, inspiring a lifelong love of marine science.

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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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Advancing Renewable Energy Research

Advancing Renewable Energy Research

New discoveries in the laboratory of Richard Dixon could help develop biomass crops better suited for processing into products such as aviation fuel, plastics and other industrial products.

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Ensuring Fish Can Swim Through Manmade Obstacles

Ensuring Fish Can Swim Through Manmade Obstacles

Biologists at UNT are helping state conservation efforts by studying fish velocity through manmade obstacles such as pylons and culverts. Professor Ed Mager and his team will examine four species of fish that are considered to be species of greatest conservation need.

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Upgrades to Water Research Field Station

Upgrades to Water Research Field Station

An anonymous donation of $300,000 promises to improve UNT's existing Water Research Field Station with a permanent lab facility and educational resources.

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 First-of-its-kind Test for Identifying Toxic Silver Ions

First-of-its-kind Test for Identifying Toxic Silver Ions

UNT chemistry researchers have developed a test to more easily identify toxic silver ions, which can be harmful to humans and the environment at high concentrations.

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Preventing Nuclear Waste Contamination

Preventing Nuclear Waste Contamination

Jincheng Du, an internationally recognized researcher in nuclear waste processing, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State with a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, the International Commission on Glass’s W.E.S. Turner Award and Corning’s 2019 Gordon S. Fulcher Distinguished Scholar Award.

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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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Citizen Scientists as Excellent Resources

Citizen Scientists as Excellent Resources

Biological sciences researcher Kelly Albus sifted years of data collected by citizen scientists and found that it is of a quality consistent with that collected by professional agencies.

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Preventing Undersea Oil Pipeline Leaks

Preventing Undersea Oil Pipeline Leaks

Physics researcher Oliviero Andreussi is developing a virtual lab to test compounds that will either increase or decrease the formation of natural gas hydrates, potentially preventing undersea pipeline leaks.

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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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UNT Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program Earns Top Honors

UNT Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program Earns Top Honors

The UNT Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program in Chile was recently awarded a 2019 Ocean Award by Boat International, a publisher of materials for boating enthusiasts.    

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