South Dakota State University (SDSU) was established in 1881 in Brookings, South Dakota. Today, SDSU has nearly nearly 12,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. SDSU is known for its academic departments of agriculture, engineering, nursing and pharmacy. SDSU's Web site is more oriented towards students and prospective students.
Patterns of deforestation may increase Amazon's vulnerability to drought
Two major droughts within a five-year period have done significant damage to the Amazon forest in Brazil, but analyzing how the forest has responded may help researchers predict the long-term impact of global ...
Landowners key to preserving Prairie Pothole habitat
(Phys.org) —A survey of Midwest landowners will help policymakers find ways to further incentivize conservation of wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region, according to Larry Gigliotti, assistant unit leader ...
Natural citrus scent may produce renewable solvents, fuel
(Phys.org) —A natural citrus scent called limonene may be the key to sustainability when it comes to making fragrances, solvents and perhaps even jet fuel, according to South Dakota State University doctoral ...
Bringing fiber optics to electronic components
Fiber optics increased the speed and quantity of information that can be transmitted through the Internet by transforming electrical signals into pulsating light.
Ranchers benefit from long-term grazing data
Scientists studying changes in the Earth's surface rely on 40 years of Landsat satellite imaging, but South Dakota ranchers making decisions about grazing their livestock can benefit from 70 years of data ...
Dairy scientist targets heat-resistant microbes
Corralling desperados with names like bacillus and paenibacillus will require ingenuity and an arsenal of weapons. These outlaws aren't rustling cattle—they're making milk sour and cheese soft and crumbly.
Biochemical pathways may be key to scab resistance
Pale, shriveled heads of grain spell trouble for wheat and barley farmers—they're the telltale signs of Fusarium head blight. The fungal disease, commonly known as scab, not only dramatically shrinks yields ...
Agricultural engineers develop system to prevent combine fires
"What a nightmare," blogs one North Dakota sunflower farmer, describing fires smoldering in combine engine and ladder compartments, under the rotor belt and in front of the radiator.
Mechanical engineer investigates passive cooling system for microelectronics
On a cold February day, heat is a good thing, but not when it comes to electronics. Assistant professor Gregory Michna of the SDSU Mechanical Engineering Department is developing a means of cooling laptops ...
Ant diversity marks grassland restoration progress
The more diverse the ant population, the closer a restored section of grassland is to its original state, according to Laura Winkler. The South Dakota State University graduate completed her master's degree ...
Researcher evaluates frozen blueberries
Blueberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch, whether eaten fresh or from the freezer, according to South Dakota State University graduate Marin Plumb.
Multi-hybrid planter to advance precision ag research
When plant scientist Peter Sexton needed a new row-crop planter at the Beresford research farm, he looked to the future—in terms of equipment and networking.
Study of breaking waves helps stabilize lake shorelines
In spring 2011, waves more than 5 feet high driven by 45 mph winds crashed through sandbag and concrete barricades along Lake Poinsett and Lake Thompson in eastern South Dakota. Spring flooding that leads ...
Scientists help retrieve ice core from West Antarctica
A slice of ice from 17,500 years ago can help scientists figure out how the Earth came out of the Ice Age and how climate change can happen in the future, according to South Dakota State University Professor ...
Nesting habitat key to pheasant numbers
(Phys.org) —With record low pheasant numbers, hunters are looking at a tough season, but South Dakota State University wildlife researchers predict the birds can rebound, with proper management.