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Three scientists on a boat looking at an apparatus filled with mud.
Sep 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 scientists of possible changes to come. To better understand the trajectory of stressors on this vast freshwater resource, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency upped its funding for ongoing research by the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The five year grant of $2.5 million will continue monitoring of freshwater algae – an effort underway for the past decade.  But the research will expand to gathering data in the near-shore areas of the Great Lakes and deploying robots to collect data year-round, including under the ice in winter.

small pile of silver colored iron nuggets
Jun 6 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The applied research organization requested $3.6 million to develop advanced technologies to improve the long-term viability of Minnesota's mining industry.

Small bottles with chemistry equations on labels, white powder inside
Feb 29 2016

DULUTH, Minn. -- Modern science and ancient medicine have both confirmed the healing powers of the natural chemicals in birch bark . The problem has been that extracting the valuable chemicals rom the outer bark is laborious and therefore expensive.

Hand holding black speckled rock
Feb 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 northeastern Minnesota. The problem has been in developing a process that would remove impurities so it can be refined for the highest value applications. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board approved funding Monday of $300,000 to the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute to conduct pre-feasibility, pilot-scale tests.

Two women in white lab coats and safety glasses by a large machine.
Jan 12 2016

Research expertise in wood biomass conversion and geomicrobiology have been added to the diverse knowledge base of UMD’s Natural Resources Research institute in the past few months.