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colorful map with stars to show ethanol plants and border of corn expansion

Land use changes in wake of ethanol expansion

March 23, 2017

Study shows conversion of grassland to corn production in relation to expanding ethanol refineries.
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Improving steam locomotive sustainability

March 3, 2017

NRRI continues research to develop a clean burning, renewable solid fuel to replace fossil coal in steam locomotives.
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NRRI patents filtering product to remove cadmium

February 16, 2017

NRRI helps rural Minnesota business with complex chemistry for product to remove toxic pollutants from industrial water systems.
A small pile of a dozen pieces of iron nuggets of varying sizes.

State funding will move Minnesota's mining future forward

January 31, 2017

NRRI's Mining Innovation Initiative received $2.6M from the state legislature. What are we doing with it?
Two lengths of wood, one dark brown, one almost black, are posed on a white bucket.

NRRI expands markets for modified wood

January 26, 2017

Overcoming a hurdle in wood treatment leads to higher value products from wood resources.
Thick stands of cattails line a river that cannot be seen through the green vegetation

Jobs, clean fuel come with NRRI solution for invasive plant in Africa

December 14, 2016

NRRI proposes a solution to removing an invasive plant in Africa that could provide much needed jobs and a cooking fuel source.
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Niemi receives recognition for ornithology career

December 7, 2016

A career dedicated to avian science leads to ornithology award for NRRI Scientist Jerry Niemi.
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NRRI 2016 Annual Report is now available

November 28, 2016

NRRI published its first annual report for fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 - June 2016). Available in print (by request) or online.
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Deconstruction brings jobs to the northland

November 23, 2016

NRRI helps find markets for used construction materials while a social enterprise creates jobs, teaches skills in the northland.
Three pine martens outside of a tree cavity.

Marten habitat research informs forest planning

November 23, 2016

A need to nest in old tree cavities means the American marten has something to tell us about long-range forest planning.

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