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Three scientists on a boat looking at an apparatus filled with mud.

EPA grants $2.5M to expand research on Great Lakes food web

September 7, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – Biological changes in microscopic organisms on the bottom of the Great Lakes food chain send up a big red flag to...
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Company expands with product development help from NRRI

August 3, 2016

Nurturing natural resources, while also using those resources for economic prosperity, is at the heart of NRRI’s mission. But there’s one...
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The right tools for Great Lakes monitoring

July 6, 2016

Back in 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency needed new approaches for understanding the complexities of U.S. coastal zones. NRRI’s...
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On golden wings they fly - Declining species finds home in Minnesota

July 5, 2016

“The Golden-winged Warbler has a few things going against it,” said NRRI researcher, Alexis Grinde. She has been studying this yellow-...
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The complex science behind rocks, water and wood

June 22, 2016

Science is frustrating. The more we know, the more we realize how much we don’t know. Nothing is 100 percent. Answers change. One day Pluto...
Diatom species arranged in shape of Great Lakes

Biology of Great Lakes feels heat of climate change

June 15, 2016

Predictive modeling has shown that climate change could impact the organisms in the Great Lakes. Now we see that, indeed, it does.
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Governor approves $2.6M for NRRI mining, water research

June 6, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research...
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Amazing birch bark gets boost

April 4, 2016

The healing powers in birch bark are well known. NRRI received a grant to increase production and lower the price of those valuable...
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IRRRB, University to fund study of ilmenite mining potential

February 23, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. -- It’s long been known that ilmenite – a high value iron-titanium oxide ore – is one of many valuable mineral deposits in...
Red logging truck hauling logs drives on a dirt road.

Energy and timber set for win-win

January 25, 2016

NRRI joins consortium to brainstorm how to turn excess biomass into fuelsOrganized in 2014, the group has already identified seven tasks to...


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