With the United Nations designating 2015 the “International Year of Soils,” increased attention has been brought globally to challenges surrounding food, energy and the environment. Since 1997, Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs) has been confronting these issues and their impacts on plant agriculture.
In 2014-15, $1.2 million was awarded for 40 new research and outreach projects, while 31 other projects received continued funding of $975,100. Important research was conducted on issues such as plant diseases, soil health and the efficient use of natural resources — work that is vital to achieving our mission of protecting the environment and food safety while responding to industry needs.
I’m excited to share our findings with you, and this year we’ve taken a new approach to our legislative summary. Providing an easily navigable experience for stakeholders is our highest priority. While this brochure provides a glimpse of the innovative research performed by our world-class faculty, the full report can be viewed at agbioresearch.msu.edu/PG2015. Here you will find the report broken into sections, making it simple to find the information you’re looking for quickly. The components of our traditional report that you’re accustomed to seeing will still be available, including financial information, competitive grant summaries, academic infrastructure reports and a list of grants awarded for 2015.
On behalf of the team at Project GREEEN, MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and our 39 partner organizations, thank you for your interest in our work. I hope you are as intrigued and enlightened by this year’s research as I am.
Coordinator, Project GREEEN
Director, MSU AgBioResearch
Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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