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Lake mud holds clues to future

August 28, 2019

Diatom fossils in lake sediment can be used as early warning of environmental changes to come.
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Nighthawks fill Duluth skies

August 27, 2019

Last year, in one three-hour sit on a Duluth rooftop, Steve Kolbe counted 14,000 soaring nighthawks on their annual migration south.
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Researchers work with business to decontaminate boats

August 1, 2019

Leading by example, researchers work with local business to power up boat decontamination of aquatic invasive species.
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Fast-growing tree research expands across Midwest

July 31, 2019

Anticipating growth in markets for biomass resources, NRRI ramps up hybrid poplar research.
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Coleraine Lab prepares for the future

July 9, 2019

Train tracks running through NRRI’s Coleraine labs are a daily reminder of a busy 100-year history. But the past is long gone.
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Collaborations bring global innovations to Minnesota

July 9, 2019

Even though Minnesota has ambitious renewable energy goals – and is well on its way to achieving them – there’s always more to learn.
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Biochar: The hot material you don't know about

June 11, 2019

You know charcoal. (Summer picnic, anyone?) But do you know about the economic and environmental benefits of its close cousin, biochar?
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Getting to the point with woodcock research

June 11, 2019

The quiet, brown speckled woodcock is difficult for scientists to find in the forest for research. Enter the pointing dog.
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Waste resources recycled into specialty soils

May 2, 2019

Soil is so much more than dirt. NRRI is seeking out local waste resources to produce soils for specific uses. 
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NRRI scientists name new algae species

May 2, 2019

When a tiny, single-celled enigma showed up in the Great Lakes it meant something big. And it led to the naming of a news species.


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