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This database shows all of the research that is supported by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station. Research is funded with capacity funds received from NIFA plus a variety of other sources. The majority of the projects are conducted at the Research and Extension Centers.

The NIFA project titles are linked to the project details on the USDA Information System website. The Field Day Bulletin titles are linked to 2-page articles. The objectives for each project can be found by clicking the "Read More" button. For questions and follow-up information, email the project director by clicking on their name.

Project Title
2014 Dry Bean Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  M. Moore
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:1  
2014 Dryland Cool Season Grass Variety Trial
Project Director:  Roger Hybner
Department: Other
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
2014 National Winter Canola Variety Trial
Project Director:  J. Nachtman
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2014 Proso Millet Variety Trial Nursery: Dryland
Project Director:  J. Nachtman
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2014 Spring Barley Variety Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  A. Pierson
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2014 Winter Wheat Variety Trial Nurseries: Eastern Wyoming Dryland
Project Director:  J. Nachtman
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2014 Winter Wheat Variety Trial Nursery: Goshen County Dryland
Project Director:  J. Nachtman
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2014_MI21: Cover crop mixtures.
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
2014_PB02: Dicamba Rotational Crop Safety
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
2015 Briess Variety Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  A. Pierson
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2015 Dry Bean Performance Evaluation-Market Class Data
Project Director:  M. Moore
Year: 2016
Department: Seed Certification
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   II  
2015 Dry Bean Performance Evaluation-Pinto Bean and Slow-Darkening Pinto Bean
Project Director:  M. Moore
Year: 2016
Department: Seed Certification
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   II  
2015 Elite Malt Barley Variety Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  A. Pierson
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
2015_NIFA_SAREC: Effect of herbicide, crop rotation, and tillage on ALS-resistant kochia
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
2016 Briess Barley Variety Preformance Evaluation
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2016 Elite Malt Barley Variety Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2016 Western Regional Spring Barley Nursery Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2017 Briess Barley Variety Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2017 Dry Bean Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Mike Moore
Year: 2018
Department: Seed Certification
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2017 Dry Bean Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2017 Elite Malt Barley Variety Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2017 Fresh Cut Flower Production: Completion Report
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1  
2017 Western Regional Spring Barley Nursery Performance Evaluation
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2018
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
2018 All-America Selections annual and perennial flowers
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
6|2014 Field Days BulletinEffect of Irrigation and Nitrogen Application on Yield of Corn for Silage
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
A 20-year Retrospective Evaluation of Seeding Competitive Perennial Grasses for Dalmatian Toadflax Suppression
Project Director:  B. Fowers
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5  
A comparison of foliar band treatments for season-long Rhizoctonia control in the Bighorn Basin sugarbeet production area
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
A Comparison of Foliar-Banded Fungicide Treatments for the Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot of Sugarbeet
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
A modular curriculum to teach critical concepts in organic agriculture across regions
Project Director:  Randa Jabbour
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

ObjectivesCharacterize instructors' mental models for organic agriculture education.Develop introductory curriculum to address critical concepts identified by instructors.Test curriculum in target classes across regions, accounting for student perceptions.

A Novel Arsenic Filter for Field Applications
Project Director:  Katta Reddy
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Groundwater is an important drinking water resource for many rural communities. These small communities are at high risk for potential arsenic related health problems due to a lack of water treatment facilities. Natural processes and anthropogenic activities can mobilize arsenic in groundwater. The natural processes include weathering of aquifer minerals. Anthropogenic activities include energy production. The main theme of the proposed research is to develop a novel and effective one-step arsenic filter for field applications. If successful, the proposed research will results in an inexpensive arsenic removal technology for small communities and for produced water resulting from energy activities. Another important aspect of the proposed research is recruiting a graduate student who will be an integral part of the project. Earlier laboratory batch CuO-As experiments provide valuable information about reaction kinetics and effectiveness of CuO treatment in removal of As under different water chemistries. However, further studies are required to develop As filter for field applications. Also, information about regeneration of CuO particles and their effectiveness in removal of As from natural waters is required. To accomplish these goals we propose to develop a flow-through reactor using CuO nanoparticles and test As removal both under laboratory and field conditions. The objectives of this research will be to 1) design and implement a flow-through column to be used for in field, slip-stream filtration of arsenic, 2) demonstrate the effectiveness of arsenic removal by CuO in a wide range of water chemistries, 3) establish the effectiveness of a one-step regeneration and reuse of the CuO nanoparticles, 4) isolate, harvest and characterize the arsenic from the removal process, and 5) examine the effect of the flow-through arsenic filtration column on water quality. These research findings should significantly improve the health of many people by improving water quality.

A Novel Method for Removing Cheatgrass from Reclamation Seed
Project Director:  W. Rose
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5,   XII:1  
AAS Display Garden
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
AECL 1000 Collection
Project Director:  Randa Jabbour
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Alfalfa Growth Forms, Light Capture, and Nitrogen Fixation Interact to Influence Durability of Legume in Meadow Bromegrass Mixtures
Project Director:  D. S. Ashilenje
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2   VII  
Alfalfa Variety Yield and S and B Trials
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Alfalfa Weevil Growing-Degree Day Calculator Validation
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Year: 2018
Department: UW Extension
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
All-America Selections' annual and perennial flowers
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
All-America Selections’ Vegetables and Herbs
Project Director:  K. Panter
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Alleviating cold damage in vineyards
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Alleviating grapevine cold damage in Wyoming vineyards
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Year: 2015
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
alternate-row grass/alfalfa trial
Project Director:  Roger Hybner
Department: Other
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Alternative winter dryland crops
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2, 5, 9,   X:1  
An Experiment to Re-Establish Ponderosa Pine after Fire at the Rogers Research Site
Project Director:  S.E. Williams
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1, 2,   XI:1  
Analysis for Reclamation Costs in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin
Project Director:  A. Perry
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX   XII:1  
Animal-Plant Interaction Ecology on Wyoming Rangelands
Project Director:  John "Derek" Scasta
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Wyoming is dominated by rangelands that are critical for livestock production and the conservation of natural resources. The provision of ecosystem services from Wyoming's rangelands has led to concern by the general public about endangered species, increasing litigation, management of wild horses, changing policies regarding water resources, and potential deleterious effects of climate variation. These concerns have also further complicated the many challenges to livestock production including animal distribution, parasitism, drought, fire, forage quality and quantity, and competition with wild and feral wildlife. This research program will focus on critical ecological interactions between grazing animals and plant communities in Wyoming within the context of social interests and livelihoods.Specific Goals Include:1. Address the most challenging issues affecting livestock production and the conservation of natural resources within the context of animal-plant interactions in Wyoming. Determine rangeland monitoring techniques to evaluate associated conflicts.2. Understand how disturbances such as drought and fire affect plant communities and distribution of livestock and wildlife to develop innovative strategies for coping with wildfire. Assist managers in making best management decisions to respond to these disturbances and strategically apply prescribed fire as a management tool.3. Determine adaptive grazing management strategies that are beneficial ecologically, agriculturally, and socially while looking out for the best interests of livelihoods and natural resources.4. Understand the complexity of livestock and wildlife parasites as it relates to topography, climate, vegetation structure, and animal movements in Wyoming.5. Develop impartial data about how wild horses move through landscapes, affect plant communities, and interact with wildlife and livestock.Areas of focus to address these goals include:1. Rangeland Vegetation Monitoring2. Drought and Climate Variation3. Wildfire and Prescribed Burning4. Livestock Production Under Harsh Range Conditions5. Parasites and Diseases of Livestock and Wildlife6. Wild Horse Management

annotation of shade loci
Project Director:  Cynthia Weinig
Department: Botany
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Antimicrobial Resistant E. coli from European Starlings in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
Project Director:  Bledar Bisha
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:13,   IX:2  
Appendix - Wyoming Production Agriculture Research Priorities (PARP)
Project Director:  D. Zalesky
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Assessment of Alfalfa Pest Management Challenges in Wyoming
Project Director:  R. Jabbour
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:2  
Assessment of Alfalfa Pest Management Challenges in Wyoming
Project Director:  R. Jabbour
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:2  
Bacterial Blight of Pinto Bean Control with GWN-10073
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Barle Production
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Barley Production
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Barley Production
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Barley Production
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Bean Production
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Beneficial Flowering Plants
Project Director:  Randa Jabbour
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Beneficial Reuse of Residuals and Reclaimed Water: Impact on Soil Ecosystem and Human Health (formerly W2170)
Project Director:  Urszula Norton
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Evaluate the short- and long-term chemistry and bioavailability of nutrients, potentially toxic inorganic trace elements, and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (TOrCs) in residuals, reclaimed water, and amended soils in order to assess the environmental and health risk-based effects of their application at a watershed scale.  Specific tasks:  (i) To develop and evaluate in vitro (including chemical speciation) and novel in vivo methods to correlate human and ecological health responses with risk-based bioavailability of trace elements and TOrCs in residuals and residual-treated soils. (ii) Predict the long-term bioavailability and toxicity of trace elements and TOrCs in residual-amended urban, agricultural and contaminated soils. (iii) Evaluate long-term effects of residuals application and reclaimed wastewater irrigation on fate and transport of nutrients, trace elements, TOrCs, and emergence/spread of antibiotic resistance in high application rate systems.  (iv) Evaluate plant uptake and ecological effects of potentially toxic trace elements and TOrCs from soils amended with residuals and reclaimed wastewater.   (2) Evaluate the uses and associated agronomic and environmental benefits for residuals in agricultural and urban systems. Specific tasks:  (i) Evaluate the ability of in situ treatment of contaminated soil with residuals to reduce chemical contaminant bioavailability and toxicity.  (ii) Determine the climate change impacts of organic residuals end use options (i.e., C sequestration, N2O emissions). (iii) Quantify sustainability impacts such as water quality (reduced N impairment) and quantity benefits (increased plant available water, increased drought tolerance) and soil quality improvements associated with a range of organic residuals end uses. (iv) Explore the potential for waste by-products to be used in urban areas including urban agriculture, stormwater infrastructure, green roofs, and in urban green space. (v)Evaluate ecosystem services of degraded urban soils amended with residuals. (vi) Use tools such as life cycle assessment to understand and compare the impacts of a range of residuals end use/disposal options.  

Best Cover Crop and Tillage Management Strategies for Dryland Winter-Wheat Cropping Systems in Northern High Plains
Project Director:  Urszula Norton
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The Central High Plains have been largely left out of the "Soil Health Movement" because many of the central principles are not viewed as effective where fallow periods are perceived as necessary for moisture conservation. Dryland agriculture is very important to livelihoods in this region despite the resource-limited and challenging environment. Projections of increased recurrence of drought caused by variable precipitation and extreme winds during fall and early spring mean that the future of agricultural production may be even more challenging. Winter wheat is the primary cash crop even though typical yields are only 20 to 35 bushels per acre. Low biomass yields mean that no-till is not as effective at moisture conservation or SOM accumulation as in other regions, and few farmers practice reduced tillage. A few producers do successfully use no- or reduced-tillage practices, however, and some use cover crops on an opportunistic basis. But the few published research articles suggest that using cover crops in this region negatively impacts crop yields due to competition for water. It is unknown how synergistic effects of reducing tillage and planting cover crops will work in this region and whether one or the other practice should be most recommended.Major Goal: Evaluate whether cover crops, reduction of tillage or a combination of both can be viable practices for dryland crop rotations in the Central High Plains in order to improve soil quality and soil health.Specific objectives:Evaluate integrated cover crops/tillage scenarios on crop yields;Evaluate their effects on soil properties and processes that indicate soil quality, soil moisture, insect populations, and weed competition;Disseminate results to local, regional, and national audiences.Economic analyses are not included but all costs and revenues will be recorded and if these alternative cropping systems show promise a partial budget analysis will be performed.

Betaseed Variety Trial
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Animal Science
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Biological Control in Pest Management Systems of Plants
Project Director:  Timothy Collier
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Goal A:  Import and Establish Effective Natural Enemies (Classical Biological Control) (2) Goal B: Conserve Natural Enemies to Increase Biological Control of Target Pests. (3) Goal D: Evaluate environmental and economic impacts and raise public awareness of biological control.  

Biological versus mechanical tillage for hayfield improvement
Project Director:  Daniel Smith
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:7,   II:6  
Bird's-foot Trefoil Response to Planting Method and Harvesting Frequency
Project Director:  S. Sarkar
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 7,   II:8,   III:2  
Birdsfoot trefoil study
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Breeding Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) for Resistance to Abiotic and Biotic Stresses, Sustainable Production, and Enhanced Nutritional Value
Project Director:  James Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Briess VPT
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Animal Science
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Broadleaf weed control barley 2015
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Broadleaf weed control in barley
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:1, 7  
Broadleaf Weed Control in Barley
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:1, 7  
Broadleaf Weed Control in Barley - 2016
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:1, 7  
Camelina feedstock viability
Project Director:  Thomas Foulke
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Canopy and Soil-Surface Fire Temperatures During Small-Plot Burns in a Saline-Greasewood Ecological Site
Project Director:  Derek Scasta
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:11,   X:1  
Carrot and Corn salad flowering study
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Cheatgrass Challenge
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Cheatgrass Grazing
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Chlorophyll and Vegetative Traits of 18 Dry Bean Genotypes Grown with Zero Fertilizer N and 60 Pounds N/Acre
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   II:5  
Circ clock and performance
Project Director:  Cynthia Weinig
Department: Botany
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Clues to Successful Community Development in Wyoming
Project Director:  Duane Williams
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

In general, the study will strive to understand, from a sociological perspective, why some communities are better able to address challenges and opportunities? The study will evaluate social theory on community organization and change. Special attention will be given to the social impact of development. This research project is especially interested in public programs (state, county and municipal) which utilize local civic engagement in their program design, development and implementation. Although there is a wide variety of use of the term community coalition, this study will focus on collective action of coalitions which have a public program component, such as, behavioral health activities (county substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, wellness promotion, social services, etc.) and community development activities (economic development, housing, social services, etc.).Major Goal: To uncover the common process and environmental characteristics of successful community civic engagement and coalition development activities.Specific Objectives 1. Build a community-based participatory collaboration with key individual community leaders and program stakeholders. a. Obtain feedback to identify potential community organizations and coalitions.2. Build a community-based participatory collaboration with specific community organizations and coalitions. a. Identify successful civic engagement and/or development actions.3. Conduct community case studies to determine characteristics of successful civic engagement/development efforts. a. Individual interviews and focus group sessions to collect data on community success in civic engagement/development efforts.

Comparitive efficacy of avalable Rhizoctonia fungicides in Sugar beet
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Compost Carryover and Cover Crop
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Compost carryover and cover crop effects on soil quality, profitability, and cultivar selection in organic dryland wheat
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II   VII   IX   X  
Composted Manure and Cover Crops in Wyoming Wheat-Fallow Rations: Weed Biomass and Soil Moisture
Project Director:  Urszula Norton
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3,   III:3  
Consequences of weed biocontrol for weed-native plant interactions
Project Director:  Timothy Collier
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Cool-Season Grass Response to Irrigation, Drought, and Planting Time
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Cooperative Dry Bean Nursery
Project Director:  Mike Moore
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Costs and Benefits of Natural Resources on Public and Private Lands: Management, Economic Valuation, and Integrated Decision-Making
Project Director:  Donald McLeod
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Resource Management    

(2) Economic Valuation     

(3) Integrated Policy and Decision-Making

Crop Response to Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fertilizer in Sugarbeet/Bean/Barley Rotations under Conservation Tillage and Limited Irrigation
Project Director:  J.B. Norton
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II   VII   IX  
Cut Flower and Herb Yields in Wyoming Greenhouses and High Tunnels
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Deep-pot cottonwoods for riparian restoration
Project Director:  Brian A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:4,   X:3,   XII:1  
Deficit Irrigation Possible in Confection Sunflower Production in Northwest Wyoming
Project Director:  V.R. Joshi
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IV:4  
Detection and elimination of listerial exopolysaccharide
Project Director:  Mark Gomelsky
Department: Molecular Biology
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The Gomelsky and Miller laboratories have recently discovered that Listeria monocytogenes, the causative agent of listeriosis, synthesizes a novel EPS. This EPS coats bacterial aggregates and significantly enhances listerial resistance to desiccation (dehydration) and disinfectants used in the food industry (Chen et al., 2014). At present, we don't know how prevalent the listerial EPS is in food-processing facilities and what role it plays in listerial survival. To address these questions, we intend to develop a method for listerial EPS detection and apply it to samples from listeria-contaminated facilities and from contaminated fresh produce (where EPS presence is expected). Because the likelihood that EPS enhances listerial survival in food processing facilities is high, we also plan to develop the means to degrade this EPS and prevent its formation de novo. We have identified, characterized and patented an enzyme, glycosylhydrolase PssZ from L. monocytogenes, which hydrolyzes listerial EPS. When purified PssZ protein is added to listerial cultures, it disperses pre-formed EPS-based aggregates (biofilms) and prevents new EPS formation, which makes bacteria vulnerable to disinfectants and desiccation (Köseoglu et al., 2015). For potential industrial applications, in the future we intend to identify PssZ analogs (homologs) with properties that are more compatible with sanitation solutions and/or produce washing solutions, than the properties of listerial PssZ. The Objective of this project is to develop a listerial EPS detection probe and begin determining the presence of EPS in food processing facilities with listerial contamination.

Detection, management, and prioritization of invasive plant species in rangeland systems
Project Director:  Daniel Tekiela
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The major goal of this program is to reduce the impacts, both economic and ecological, of invasive plants on Wyoming's rangeland and other natural systems.

Objectives:Reduce the likelihood of establishment of new invaders through better detection methodsDevelop risk management prioritization tools to identify where best to utilize limited management resourcesMeasure the impacts of invasive plants on our ecosystems and utilize this information for prioritizationProduce management strategies that don't unintentionally degrade the ecosystem and, instead, foster a healthy plant community

Determining the effects of climate variables and maternal antibody on the natural transmission of bluetongue virus in range pastured beef cattle
Project Director:  Myrna Miller
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goals and Objectives.Major Goals. Our goals are to better understand the dynamics of natural BTV transmission, how maternal antibody protection impacts this process, and identify correlated meteorological conditions. This information is needed to understand the current epidemiology of BT disease, better predict outbreaks, identify likely impacts of a warmer climate, and will help livestock owners make informed decisions on vaccination or other potential prevention strategies. Another valuable product of this research will be to isolate and identify the current BTV serotypes circulating in eastern Wyoming, information needed to recognize when new strains move into the state.Objectives.Identify climate variables correlated with the onset and intensity of BTV infection in beef cattle managed under range conditions, as well as vector prevalence.Determine the effect of maternal antibodies on time of onset of seroconversion to BTV in the first summer of spring born calves.Characterize the strains of BTV circulating at the study site during each of the three seasons of this study.

Determining the Effects of Climate Variables and Maternal Antibody on the Natural Transmission of Bluetongue Virus in Range-Pastured Beef Cattle
Project Director:  M. Miller
Year: 2016
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:6,   X:1  
Developing Strategies to Improve Reclamation Success of Drastically Disturbed Lands
Project Director:  
Year: 2015
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:2, 5,   XII:1  
Development of a New Assay for Diagnosis of Brucella abortus Infections in Wyoming Livestock
Project Director:  Brant Schumaker
Year: 2017
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:13  
Development of a new test for diagnosis of livestock brucellosis
Project Director:  Brant Schumaker
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Development of Genetic Resources and Management Practices for Sustainable Grapevine Production in Wyoming
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Objectives for the project include:1) identify grapevine cultivars that exhibit rapid growth and establishment in specific soils and locations;2) analyze differential gene expression patterns of drought and salinity stressed grapevines to identify genes involved in stress tolerance;3) incorporate abiotic stress tolerance genes in target cultivars and rootstocks using genetic engineering.

Development of Sugarbeet Crop Coefficients
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2018
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:3, 4,   X:1  
Diet Quality and Selection Differences in Two Contrasting Grazing-Management Strategies
Project Director:  Tamarah Plechaty
Year: 2017
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:1, 6,   VII:2  
Diet, exercise and lifestyle on health, disease prevention and physical performance in Wyoming Residents
Project Director:  Enette Larson-Meyer
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major GoalExplore the genetic and physiological basis of Brisket disease and the relationships to cattle production.Objectives1. Develop a physical phenotype for animals in the Laramie Research & Extension Center Center cattle herd including physical screening for clinical signs of Brisket disease and identification of underperforming cattle.2. Correlate hemodynamic parameters (via PAP testing) with physical phenotype.3. Screen Bos germplasm for genetic resistance to high altitude disease.

Disease and pest management in irrigated small grains
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Disease management in sugar beets
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Disease management in sugar beets
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Dissipation of Soil-applied Herbicides under Limited Irrigation
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:4, 7,   X:1  
Diversity and Adaptation
Project Director:  Kristina Hufford
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Diversity and Adaptation
Project Director:  Kristina Hufford
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Does Dalmatian toadflax alter soil microbe communities to the detriment of a native rangeland grass?
Project Director:  Timothy Collier
Year: 2016
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5  
Does Dalmatian toadflax alter soil microbe communities to the detriment of native rangeland plants?
Project Director:  Timothy Collier
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5  
Drought Susceptibility Index and Canopy Traits of 49 Dry Bean Genotypes Subjected to Water Stress
Project Director:  J. Heitholt
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Dry Bean Growth Dynamics in Response to Deficit Irrigation Under Surface- and Sprinkler-Irrigation Systems
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2018
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:3, 4,   X:1  
Dry bean soil-borne disease management with an integrated approach of tillage, variety, and in-furrow fungicides
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Dry Bean Yield Response to Deficit Irrigation Under Surface- and Sprinkler-Irrigation Systems
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:3, 4,   X:1  
Dryland cover crop and rotations
Project Director:  NRCS
Department: Other
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Dynamics of Leaf Stomatal Resistance to Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density for Different Dry Bean Genotypes
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:3, 4  
Dynamics of Soil Moisture and Crop Canopy Architecture Traits for Dry Beans in Wyoming
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:2, 3  
Early Blight Management in Potato with Luna Tranquility
Project Director:  W. Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Ecological relations and management of selected rangeland plants
Project Director:  J. Daniel Rodgers
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1. Determine plant composition, forage production responses, and resultant threshold sagebrush abundances following manipulation of different abundances of Wyoming big sagebrush (A. tridentata var. Wyomingensis) with emphasis on long term responses. 2. Determine the influence of anticedent environmental conditions on the annual response of sagebrush plant communities with and without manipulation. 3. Determine the economic threshold abundance of sagebrush justifying control.

Ecological Restoration, Seed Sourcing and Climate Change
Project Director:  Kristina Hufford
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The major goals of this project are to investigate and define the features of adaptive differentiation in native plant species that are critical for restoration success.Objectives:1. Increase opportunities for vegetation establishment by exploiting natural traits that improve soil quality, lower reclamation costs, and increase the likelihood of plant community recovery;2. Test adaptive differentiation in light of exotic species invasions;3. Test adaptive differentiation in light of changing climates.

Economic Impact of Beef Genomic Research
Project Director:  Chris Bastian
Year: 2017
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V   VII   VIII  
Economic Impacts of Variable Precipitation on Wyoming Rancherss
Project Director:  T. Hamilton
Year: 2015
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:1,   VII:6,   X:1  
Economics of Vaccinating Sheep against Bluetongue Disease
Project Director:  D. Peck
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:3, 7  
Edible Dry Beans as Part of Improved Crop Rotations in Wyoming
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 3, 7, 9, 13,   II:6,   IV:3, 4,   IX:1, 4,   X:2  
Effect of Direct-Fed Microbials on Weaned Calf Performance
Project Director:  Scott Lake
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 2, 7, 10  
Effect of Forage Kochia on Growth of Native Grass Seedlings
Project Director:  P. Aryal
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:4, 8,   XII:1  
Effect of frame score and extended grazing on steer performance and system economics
Project Director:  Steve Paisley
Department: Animal Science
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Effect of Irrigation and Nitrogen Rates on Yield of Corn for Silage
Project Director:  A. Nilahyane
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2,   IV:3, 4  
Effect of Irrigation on Physiological Traits of Corn for Silage Grown under On-Surface Drip-Irrigation System
Project Director:  A. Nilahyane
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IV:1, 3, 4  
Effect of Maternal Influence on Calf Feed Efficiency
Project Director:  Kelly Carpenter
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 7  
Effect of Phosphorus on Sainfoin
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Effect of Planting Method, Harvesting Frequency, and Cultivars on Yield of Bird's-foot Trefoil
Project Director:  Sayantan Sarkar
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:9,   IX:2  
Effect of planting time and fertilizer management on quinoa
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Effect of Planting Time on Dry Matter and Seed Yield of Fenugreek
Project Director:  Saugat Baskota
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Effect of Potassium on Yield of Newly Released Alfalfa Cultivars
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2,   II:2,   IX:2  
Effect of Soil Nitrogen Rate on Leaf Chlorophyll and Vegetative Growth of Dry Bean
Project Director:  A. Alhasan
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Effect of Two Nitrogen Levels and Cultivars on Growth Traits of Nine Dry Bean Cultivars in the Field
Project Director:  A. Alhasan
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Effect of Variable Irrigation and Nitrogen Application on Sugarbeet Root and Sugar Yield
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   II:2,   IV:1  
Effect of Water Stress on Yield and Water Use of Corn for Silage Grown in a Semiarid Environment of Wyoming
Project Director:  Abdelaziz Nilahyane
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IV:1, 3, 4  
Effects of Drought on Cow-Calf Production at Two UW Research Stations from 2011
Project Director:  J.D. Scasta
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   V:5, 7,   VI:3,   X:1, 2  
Effects of Feed Efficiency Ranking and Indexing on Reproductive Performance in Growing Beef Heifers
Project Director:  S.L. Lake
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 4, 7, 8  
Effects of Limited irrigation on herbicide efficacy and herbicide carry over
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Determine the impact of limited irrigation on efficacy of soil-applied herbicides that are commonly used in corn and dry-bean production.Limited irrigation may reduce weed control from soil-applied herbicides early in the season, which may increase reliance on post emergence herbicide use.By reducing microbial breakdown, limited irrigation may increase late-season herbicide availability, improving late-season weed control.Determine the impact of limited irrigation on herbicide dissipation in the soil and potential carryover to rotational crops.By reducing microbial breakdown of the herbicide, limited irrigation may result in increased availability of the herbicide the following year, causing potential yield loss in rotational crops.It is possible that a fall soil bioassay may predict crop yield loss potential or the following spring under limited irrigation conditions.

Effects of limited irrigation on herbicide efficacy and herbicide carry over
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Effects of limited irrigation on herbicide efficacy and herbicide carryover
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:4, 7,   X:1  
Effects of Limited Irrigation on Herbicide Efficacy and Herbicide Carryover
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:4, 7,   X:1  
Effects of nitrogen application rates on seed size and oil quality
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Effects of nitrogen application rates on seed size and oil quality on sunflower
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Effects of nitrogen application rates on sunflower seed size and oil quality
Project Director:  Austen Samet
Year: 2015
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2, 4  
Effects of terminal sire breed on carcass characteristics
Project Director:  Whit Stewart
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:17,   VIII:6  
Effects of zinc supplementation on mastitis prevalence in ewes and on lamb performance
Project Director:  Whit Stewart
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:10, 13  
Efficacy and economics of cultural and mechanical weed control practices for herbicide resistant weed management.
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Our long-term goal is to understand the impact of non-herbicidal weed control practices on development of herbicide-resistant weed populations in order to develop sustainable cropping systems that prolong the utility of existing herbicide resources. In order to accomplish our long-term goal, we propose the following specific objectives for this research project: 1. Determine the impact of crop rotation diversity and tillage on enrichment of an herbicide resistance trait within a weed population. 2. Quantify the economic benefits and risks of adopting a diversified weed management program to delay the development of herbicide resistance. 3. Evaluate the fitness of the most common mutation that confers resistance to acetolactate-synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicides in Kochia scoparia (Trp574) under field conditions.

Efficacy and economics of cultural and mechanical weed control practices for herbicide-resistant weed management
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Year: 2015
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 7, 9,   III:1, 7,   VII:4, 7,   VIII:2,   IX:1  
EFNEP Related Research, Program Evaluation and Outreach
Project Director:  Mary Kay Wardlaw
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
EFNEP Related Research, Program Evaluation and Outreach
Project Director:  Mary Kay Wardlaw
Year: 2018
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) To improve standardization of EFNEP 24HDR (24-hour dietary recall) methods  a. Develop standardized training and administration protocols for educators for the paper-and-pencil, group administered 24HDR  b. Conduct controlled pilot study of implementing the Automated Self-administered 24HDR (ASA24) in EFNEP, including comparison groups, in  several regions  (2) To complete and expand testing of newly developed EFNEP Food and Physical Activity Questionnaire (FPAQ)  a. Complete further reliability testing  b. Conduct Spanish reliability and validity testing  c. Develop Retrospective pre/post questionnaire and examine feasibility of design on EFNEP impact reporting.  d. Complete validity and reliability testing of infant feeding questions (3) To determine if participants’ changes in Quality of Life (QoL) are attributable to EFNEP, using a validated EFNEP-tailored questionnaire 

Elder Financial Exploitation: Family Risk and Protective Factors
Project Director:  Cole Ehmke
Year: 2018
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Understand family members' experiences (thoughts and feelings) related toelder financial exploitation by a relative.   (2)  Identify risk and protective factors in family systems that increase or decrease the likelihood of family elder financial exploitation. (3) Identify the range and scope of family experiences foundational to family elder financial exploitation, including the consequences of EFE on family systems. (4) Disseminate findings and implications to gerontology, family studies, and family economics researchers and educators, law enforcement and attorneys, community-based practitioners, and family members. (5) Continue to design further studies that build on earlier findings and create a conceptual model or expand Rabiner et al. (2004) Conceptual Model of Elder Financial Exploitation.

Elite Malt Barley Trial
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Elite Malt Barley Trial
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Energy and Natural Resource Development Impacts on Rural Economies: Trade-offs Between Market Production and Ecosystem Services
Project Director:  Thomas Foulke
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The major goal of this project is to develop and disseminate models and analytical tools to help decision-makers, researchers and the general public better understand the trade-offs encountered with theenergy development issues that they face.Specific objectives to achieve this goal include:1. Conduct economic analyses to understand the trade-offs between specific development projects and the ecosystems services provided by alternative land uses, such as agriculture and/or conservation initiatives.2. Investigate the economic impact of changes in land use (such as energy development or the conversion of agricultural lands) on endangered species and how development might have broader implications (both geographic and temporal).3. Analyze the role of expanding predation by large predators on the existing ranching system in the state and try to understand and anticipate how changes will impact agricultural producers and offer alternative production possibilities.4. Develop methods to estimate conservation easement values on agricultural lands, and use the values to analyze the economic and ecological efficiency of alternative targeting strategies for mitigating energy development impacts on wildlife.5. Develop an information tool (e.g., GIS map suite) to help federal land managers understand the economic and ecological tradeoffs (e.g., costs and ecological return) of alternative management activities for protecting sage-grouse.

Engineering alfalfa weevil resistance in commercial alfalfa cultivars: A valuable tool for integrated pest management
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Enhancement of sustainability and profitability of sheep enterprises in Wyoming and the sheep producing western states.
Project Director:  Brenda Alexander
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The overall goal of this project is to add to the knowledge base of sheep production efficiency and develop tools that if adopted by producers will increase efficiency and therefore, the sustainability of the sheep industry.This project encompasses many different objectives which will are necessary to fulfill the overall objective.Determine relationships between RFI and other traits of economic importance in sheepDetermine potential selection tools to improve feed efficiency in sheepDetermine the neural basis for sexual inactivity in ramsIncreasing lambing rate and productivity by altering selection of ewe lamb replacements

Enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes
Project Director:  Anowarul M. Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Enhancing Microbial Food Safety by Risk Analysis
Project Director:  Bledar Bisha
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Enteric Diseases of Food Animals: Enhanced Prevention, Control and Food Safety
Project Director:  Bledar Bisha
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Focus on emerging diseases: We will identify, characterize and develop improved detection and prevention methods related to newly recognized, novel or emerging causes of zoonotic enteric disease and enteric pathogens of food animals. (2) Focus on preventions and interventions: We will develop and improve preventative measures and interventions to reduce the incidence and prevalence of infections of food animals with enteric pathogens of livestock and foodborne and waterborne pathogens. (3) Focus on disseminating knowledge: We will provide training or continuing education to disseminate new information to students, producers, veterinarians, diagnostic labs and others to implement interventions and preventative measures. (4) Group interaction: The group will interact in a variety of ways to facilitate progress including direct collaborations with joint publications, sharing of resources (pathogen strains, gene sequences, statistical analysis, bioinformatics information/expertise), and friendly feedback and facilitation for all research efforts at annual meetings.

Establishment of native species for commercial seed production
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:6,   XII:1  
Establishment of native species for commercial seed production
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:6,   XII:1  
Evaluate sugarbeet seed treatments under field conditions
Project Director:  Andrea Pierson
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:4  
Evaluating alfalfa and sainfoin under dryland conditions
Project Director:  Daniel Smith
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II:9  
Evaluating biochar in a high tunnel environment
Project Director:  Brian Lee
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:5, 8,   VII:1,   IX:9,   X:1  
Evaluating Bioherbicide Efficacy on Invasive Winter Annual Grasses
Project Director:  Dan Tekiela
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5, 9, 11  
Evaluating chickpea cultivars for forage and grain production in Wyoming
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 6, 9, 12,   II:2,   VIII:5,   X:1  
Evaluating chronic herbicide exposure for long-term reduction of Canada thistle
Project Director:  Brian A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating Crop Safety of Herbicides Applied Preplant in Sugarbeet
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:1, 7  
Evaluating Direct Herbicide Impacts on Desirable Species Used in Reclamation
Project Director:  B. Fowers
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:2,   XII:1  
Evaluating Establishment and Forage Production of Various Cover Crops in a Dryland Setting
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 6, 12, 15,   II:10  
Evaluating foxtail barley management options
Project Director:  Brian A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3  
Evaluating Herbicide Effectiveness for Russian Olive Management
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7, 11  
Evaluating herbicide mixtures and seeding of cheatgrass-dominated sites
Project Director:  Brian A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating Herbicide Mixtures and Seeding of Cheatgrass-Dominated Sites
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating Multi-Species Targeted Grazing for Cheatgrass Control
Project Director:  C.E. Noseworthy
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5,   VI:4, 5,   XII:1  
Evaluating new herbicide mixtures for rangeland cheatgrass management
Project Director:  Brian A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating New Herbicide Mixtures for Rangeland Cheatgrass Management
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5  
Evaluating New Herbicide Mixtures for Rangeland Cheatgrass Management
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7, 8,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating soil amendment MB906 with and without imazapic for cheatgrass control
Project Director:  Brian A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating table and wine grape cultivars in high tunnels for yield and quality improvement
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Evaluating the Efficacy of Two Imazapic Formulations and Sagebrush Canopy Effects on Cheatgrass Control under Greenhouse Conditions
Project Director:  C. W. Wood
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating the Use of Thresholds' Concept for Improving Habitat Through Cheatgrass Managment
Project Director:  Clay Wood
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating the use of thresholds' concepts for improving habitat through cheatgrass management
Project Director:  Clay Wood
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating the Use of Thresholds’ Concepts for Improving Habitat Through Cheatgrass Management
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Evaluating variable-rate irrigation system at SAREC
Project Director:  Brian Lee
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:4,   VII:4, 7  
Evaluation of elite malting barley varieties
Project Director:  Andrea Pierson
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:1  
Evaluation of Forage Nutritive Value of Different Fenugreek Entries in Wyoming
Project Director:  Saugat Baskota
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2, 12,   II:2,   VI:1  
Evaluation of Forage Nutritive Value of Quinoa Cultivars
Project Director:  Saugat Baskota
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2,   II:2,   VI:1  
Evaluation of Forage Productivity and Environmental Benefits of Meadow Bromegrass in Various Mixtures with Popular Legumes under Irrigation
Project Director:  D. S. Ashilenje
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2   VII  
Evaluation of forage sorghum under irrigated and dryland conditions in Wyoming
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 12, 15,   II   IV:3,   VI:1, 3  
Evaluation of goji berry as a high-value fruit crop for Wyoming
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Department: UW Extension
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Evaluation of goji berry as a high-value fruit crop for Wyoming
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Department: UW Extension
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Evaluation of goji berry as a high-value fruit crop in Wyoming
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Year: 2016
Department: UW Extension
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Evaluation of goji berry as a high-value fruit crop in Wyoming
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Year: 2018
Department: UW Extension
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Evaluation of grape varieties and roostocks
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Evaluation of Irrigation Water and Nitrogen Management for Silage Corn Production in Wyoming
Project Director:  Abdelaziz Nilahyane
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2,   IV:3, 4,   X:2  
Evaluation of Quinoa and Fenugreek in Wyoming Conditions
Project Director:  S. Baskota
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2,   VI:1, 8  
Evaluation of Quinoa as a Leafy Green Crop
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Evaluation of Quinoa as a Leafy Green Crop
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Evaluation of Table, Wine, and Juice Grape Cultivars in Wyoming
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 12,   IX:9  
Evaluation of the Phosphorous Bioavailability in Semiarid Soils
Project Director:  M. Zhu
Year: 2016
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Exploring Agriculture: Learning Opportunities for Under-Represented Populations
Project Director:  James Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
The overall goal of the project is to attract under-represented populations into careers in agriculture and related fields. Our approach for achieving this goal is to work with community colleges so that a student's first agriculture-related course opportunity is one that focuses primarily upon the actual job activities involved in agriculture. We call this course "Exploring Agriculture." Although some students may have already experienced an agriculture course before we meet them, our strategy would be to identify beforehand as many students as practical. As for the students taking traditional agriculture classes, that would be a follow-up to the "Exploring Agriculture" modules. The "Exploring Agriculture" options would include a different selection of courses that would include no classroom lectures but instead would be composed of one-day hands-on experiences on alternate weeks, some on campus and some off site. We predict that this approach will excite pre-baccalaureate students into enrolling into agricultural programs, students that would otherwise never consider taking a course in agriculture. Ultimately, after the "Exploring Agriculture" course, an increased portion of the students would be motivated to take the courses already in our agriculture curriculum and develop the skills that will qualify them to work in various agricultural industries. Since this is a planning-conference project, our short-term goal is to organize a team of collaborators from the target areas (e.g., horticulture, forestry, agricultural engineering, etc.) to plan for submitting a Large-scale Comprehensive Initiative (LCI) Higher Ed Challenge Grant in 2016 for developing the actual training and mentoring programs for undergraduate students. During this conference-planning project, we expect to identify instructors for "Exploring Agriculture" that include private companies, public agencies, and academic institutions.
Fenugreek
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Fenugreek
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Flow meter and electric meter installation on SAREC irrigation pivots
Project Director:  Brian Lee
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   IV:1, 3, 4  
Foliar Fungicide Effect on Early Blight Severity and Yield of Potato in Wyoming
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Foliar Fungicide Programs to Manage Potato Early Blight
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Food, Feed, Fuel, and Fiber: Security Under a Changing Climate
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Forage Grass-Legume Mixtures for Maximizing Profit
Project Director:  D. Dhakal
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:5,   VII:1  
Forage Kochia in Seeding Mixtures with Perennial Grass to Improve Disturbed Areas
Project Director:  P. Aryal
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2,   VI:8,   X:2, 3,   XII:1  
Forage Kochia to Reclaim the Disturbed Areas and Use as a Forage Crop
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Fresh Cut Sunflower Production
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Fresh Cut Sunflowers in Two Wyoming Greenhouses
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Genetic and Maternal Influences on Progeny Rumen Microbiome and Feed Efficiency
Project Director:  Kristi Cammack
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Our overall hypothesis is that variation in the rumen microbiome is associated with variation in feed efficiency. Our project-specific hypothesis is that the rumen microbiome is established at or near birth and is subject to maternal influences that can impact long-term feed efficiency of beef cattle. Specifically, we aim todetermine the relative contributions of the 1) genotype (i.e. genetic background), 2) perinatal maternal environment, and 3) postnatal maternal environment on the progeny rumen microbiome and feed efficiency of beef calves. Our long-term goal is to improve beef cattle feed efficiency. To accomplish this, we need to determine the relative contributions of these influences. Those relative contributions will establish whether we concentrate on 1) improving the genetic merit of the animal, 2) using the dam's influence to improve efficiency through a maternal effect (e.g., exploit breed complementarity with crossbreeding), or 3) modifying a postnatal environmental effect to enhance favorable microbial populations (e.g., seed the rumen at birth).
Genomic research and prediction technologies for beef cattle: Where
Project Director:  Nicole Ballenger
Year: 2015
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V   VII   VIII  
Genomic research and prediction technologies for beef cattle: where are the economics?
Project Director:  Chris Bastian
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 7, 8,   VII:1, 6,   IX:1  
Germains sugar beet trial
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Goji Berry Propogation
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Department: UW Extension
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Graduate Student Training and Research in the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
Project Director:  Jesse Gatlin
Department: Molecular Biology
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The MCLS Program was created for campus-wide life science faculty and students working in the areas of molecular and cellular biology. Its primary goal is to strengthen graduate education in the molecular and cellular life sciences and to provide a framework for increased competitiveness, retention, and productivity for students, faculty, and the university as a whole in the agricultural sciences. Objectives:To support ongoing studies of livestock disease, molecular genetics of animal disease, crop improvement, energy and materials science and science outreach, by recruiting and providing excellent graduate students to conduct research in molecular and cell biology.To enable collaboration among faculty members within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and support new faculty members by providing a functional research environment.To provide a venue for science outreach to students, teachers and the community.

Grass-Legume Mixture Study
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Greenhouse crops
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Greenhouse studies of forage and other species
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Growing Yarns: An Innovative Approach to Bacterial Cellulose Production
Project Director:  Jennifer Harmon
Year: 2017
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major goal: The current research will investigate the possibility of producing bacterial cellulose yarns, in addition to the weaving and dyeing potential of these yarns.Specific objectives:1. Investigate methods of growing bacterial cellulose yarns for fabric construction.2. Investigate methods of spinning bacterial cellulose yarns.3. Investigate methods of weaving the spun bacterial cellulose yarns.4. Investigate methods of coloring the woven bacterial cellulose materials.5. Measure consumer interest in the new material.

Growth and Pod Traits Correlate with Grain Yield among 50 Dry Bean Cultivars
Project Director:  J. Heitholt
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Herbicide injury workshop
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Herbs in high tunnels
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
High altitude (brisket) disease in beef cattle.
Project Director:  Mark Stayton
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major GoalExplore the genetic and physiological basis of Brisket disease and the relationships to cattle production.Objectives1. Develop a physical phenotype for animals in the Laramie Research & Extension Center Center cattle herd including physical screening for clinical signs of Brisket disease and identification of underperforming cattle.2. Correlate hemodynamic parameters (via PAP testing) with physical phenotype.3. Screen Bos germplasm for genetic resistance to high altitude disease.

Hydropedology of Vernal Pool Systems
Project Director:  Karen Vaughan
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Improve our understanding at a regional scale of how vernal pool ecosystems differ in distribution, hydrology, hydroperiod, redox chemistry, and carbon storage and flux. Along with this we will develop a better understanding of the effects of hydrology and temperature on carbon pools and sequestration in wetlands along a temperature gradient. Develop morphometric indices of the hydroperiod within vernal pools.

Impact Analyses and Decision Strategies for Agricultural Research (NC1034)
Project Director:  Matt Andersen
Year: 2017
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Measure trends, patterns, and sources of agricultural productivity growth. (2) Estimate the net benefits of public and private investments in agricultural research and characterize the nature of those benefits to consumers, producers, and the environment. (3) Analyze decision strategies for funding, planning, managing, and evaluating agricultural research by public and private organizations. (4) Analyze opportunities, risks, and net benefits from public-private sector linkages and technology transfer arrangements, including joint ventures, partnering, consortia, specialty research centers, start-up companies, and intellectual property arrangements. 

Impact of chemical practices on soil-borne pathogens of sugarbeet in the High Plains
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:6  
Impact of cultural and chemical practices on soil-borne pathogens of sugarbeet in the Bighorn Basin
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:7,   II:6,   III:6,   X:2  
Impact of Dietary Forage Quality on Ruminal Bypass of Calcium Salts of Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Beef Heifers When Provided in Dried Molasses Lick Tubs
Project Director:  D.C. Rule
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 4  
Impact of histophilosis on bovine respiratory disease
Project Director:  Kerry Sondgeroth
Year: 2016
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Impact of histophilosis on bovine respiratory disease on commercial beef operations
Project Director:  Kerry Sondgeroth
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

i: Seroprevalence: Determine seroprevalence (= proportion of positive cattle) of H. somni in calves as they enter feedlots, and during the major risk period for bacterial pneumonia (0 - 60 days after placement). This involves using two recently developed serological assays specific for H somni. Testing will be done in replicate and in cooperation with Wyoming producers with endemic H. somni on their properties (years 2 and 3).ii: H. somni in fatal pneumonia: Establish the relative importance of H. somni as a contributor to fatal pneumonia in cattle by frequency of detection (by laboratory culture, PCR and IHC) relative to other infectious causes of pneumonia (years 2 and 3).iii: H. somni and Mycoplasma bovis concurrence in fatal pneumonia: Define concurrence of H. somni with M. bovis in pneumonia (years 2 and 3).

Implementing a novel molecular assay in Uganda for brucellosis control
Project Director:  Brant Schumaker
Year: 2018
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:12, 13  
Improving Efficiency of Calorie Labels: Using Nudges to Overcome Strategic Ignorance
Project Director:  Linda Thunstrom
Department: Economics and Finance
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The goal of this project is to increase the effectiveness of calorie salience nudges at changing consumption.To reach this goal, we identify 'supporting' nudges that reduce incentives to ignore calorie information, in ways that improve calorie labels' effect on social welfare.

Improving Feed Efficiency Through Rumen Manipulation
Project Director:  Kristi Cammack
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Improving Mycorrhizal Status of Soil Using Cover Crops
Project Director:  B. Alsunuse
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 7,   IV:3  
Improving Restoration of True Mountain Mahogany Habitat
Project Director:  T. Crow
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1,   XII:1  
In vitro assessment of effects of dietary forage quality on ruminal bypass of calcium salts of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids for cattle
Project Director:  Daniel C. Rule
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 5  
In-Furrow Fungicide Treatments to Manage Rhizoctonia Diseases in Sugarbeet
Project Director:  W. Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Indaziflam Cheatgrass Trial
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Indaziflam Cheatgrass Trial
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Indaziflam Effects on Seed Production and Viability for Various Rangeland Grasses
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5, 7, 11  
Indaziflam use in alfalfa for weed control
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Influence of Ewe Breed and Age on Sheep Ked (Melophagus ovinus [L.]) Infestations
Project Director:  J. D. Scasta
Year: 2016
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   V:7,   VI:1  
Instruction
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Integrated Diagnostic Laboratory Investigation of Animal Disease
Project Director:  Will Laegreid
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1. Insure that submissions to the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory represent an accurate reflection of the incidence of disease in domesticated and wild animal species throughout Wyoming and the region2. Determine the cause and pathogenesis of naturally occurring diseases in wildlife and domestic animals, identify those potentially impacting human health, and identify those that may be due to environmental causes3. Document and track the incidence, prevalence and trends of spontaneous diseases as they occur state-wide4. Sustain the infrastructure to assure timely and up-to-date animal disease diagnostic testing and methodology across species5. Leverage preliminary data from spontaneous disease in animals and wildlife or studies of environmental toxins to generate extramural grants to support applied and basic research

Integrated Investigation of Molecular Mechanisms Important for Health and Agriculture in Wyoming
Project Director:  Mark Stayton
Department: Molecular Biology
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Our goal is to develop common-use technology and physical resources in support of the research mission of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Molecular Biology with the following objectives:Support ongoing studies of livestock disease, molecular genetics of animal disease, food safety, crop improvement, sustainable energy and science outreach, by maintaining a robust research infrastructure in the areas of molecular and cell biology and microbiology.Enable collaboration among faculty members within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and support new faculty members by providing a functional research environment.Provide a venue for science outreach to students, teachers and the community.Achievement of Objective 1 will require the Department to provide access to and maintain autoclaves, cold rooms, and instrumentation such as spectrophotometers, PCR, qPCR, imagers, incubators, specialty freezers and other instrumentation in addition to animal facilities as described in our management plan. Objective 2 is aimed at building our human resources by (a) hiring of elite new faculty members, which is dependent on a supportive research infrastructure, and (b) building research ties to research stations and community colleges in Wyoming, which often are limited in their access to research instrumentation. Objective 3 will enable education both at K-12 as well as our community colleges by providing resources and a venue for training in the molecular life sciences.

Integrating generic & new generation pesticides with cultural methods for disease management in dryland and irrigated High Plains cropping systems
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goal(s):Each year, new formulations of generic and new generation (experimental) pesticides are being produced for potential markets in the United States. The goals of this project are to test efficacy and integration of these products in a wide variety of Wyoming cropping systems. Pesticides are registered and labeled for agricultural use only after numerous trials and years of testing and disease evaluations that demonstrate the activity and safe use of the product. Wyoming and the High Plains production region present challenging environmental conditions that can potentially impact disease pest cycles and efficacy of pesticides and it is important to provide local-relevant research based efficacy information to our stakeholders.Objectives:1. Test efficacies of generic and new generation pesticides for a variety of Wyoming crops under the High Plains climate. Pesticides will be tested in dry bean, sugar beet and potato against diseases common to these crops and region.2. When appropriate, pesticide trials will integrate additional cultural methods such as tillage programs, resistant varieties and pesticide placement (in-furrow, seed treatment).3. Provide producer/stakeholders research-based information that enables modification or adoption of cost-effective plant disease management strategies.

Integrating herbicides with cultural weed management practices in dryland and irrigated Western cropping systems
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1) Evaluate efficacy of available weed control practices on economically important weed species;2) Increase understanding of basic biology and ecology of economically damaging weeds in the region (such as common lambsquarters, kochia,nightshade species, and winter annual grasses);3) Develop integrated management recommendations based on the biology and ecology of these important species, and the efficacy of available weed management tools.

Integrating locally-relevant plant sciences research with an experiential learning framework
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2017
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goals:1) Develop and evaluate plant materials and their associated management strategies across a range of production systems (horticultural settings, irrigated and dryland forage crops, extensively-managed rangelands) in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions.2) Provide high-quality experiential learning opportunities in agricultural research for students and citizens.These two integrated goals strongly unite the land grant university mission of discovery, dissemination, and engagement with the specific research emphases of ShREC.Specific objectives:DiscoveryIdentify and develop species, cultivars, and germplasm resources suited to Wyoming's environment and production systems.Develop management strategies to improve reclamation of disturbed or degraded lands, to enhance specialty and forage crop production, and to evaluate alternative crops and management strategies for the region.DisseminationCooperate with Sheridan College, UW Extension, and other partners to provide educational programming within our research emphasis areas.Provide experiential and science-based learning opportunities for students, agricultural producers, horticulturalists, agency personnel, and interested citizens in the region.EngagementShREC will serve to encourage and facilitate discussion around agricultural management practices, emerging plant-based markets, and other natural resources issues in the region.

Inter-planting forage legumes with grain corn for late-season forage production
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 6, 9  
Intercropping cover crop mix with confection sunflower
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2  
Intercropping Forage Legumes with Grain Corn for Late-Season Forage Production
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 6, 9  
Intercropping Forage Legumes with Grain Corn for Late-Season Forage Production - 2016
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 6, 9  
Interplanting forage legumes with grain corn for late season forage production
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Introduction to the Fifth Edition of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin
Project Director:  B.W. Hess
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  John Tanaka
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II   III   IV   V   VI   VII   VIII   IX   X   XI   XII  
Introduction to the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  B. Baumgartner
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  J. A. Tanaka
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  John Tanaka
Year: 2017
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Laramie Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  D. Zalesky
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Laramie Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  D. Zalesky
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Laramie Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  Doug Zalesky
Year: 2017
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Laramie Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  Scott Lake
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   V   VI   VIII   X   XII  
Introduction to the Powell Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  C. Reynolds
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Powell Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  C. Reynolds
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Powell Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  Bret Hess
Year: 2017
Department: UW Extension
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Powell Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II   IV   VII   IX   X  
Introduction to the Sheridan Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  B.A. Mealor
Year: 2015
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Sheridan Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Sheridan Research and Extension Center
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II   III   IV   VI   VIII   IX   X   XII  
Introduction to the Sixth Edition of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin
Project Director:  B.W. Hess
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Introduction to the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin
Project Director:  B.W. Hess
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II   III   IV   V   VI   VII   VIII   IX   X   XI   XII  
Introduction to the Wyoming Agriculture Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin
Project Director:  Bret Hess
Year: 2017
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Investigations in Plant pathology
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Irrigating Chives in a Greenhouse and Two High Tunnels
Project Director:  T. Gergeni
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Irrigating Chives in a Greenhouse and Two High Tunnels - Completion Report
Project Director:  T. Gergeni
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Kentucky bluegrass seed production study
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Limited irrigation in corn
Project Director:  Dow Agrosciences
Department: Industry
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Linking Ponderosa Pine Ecosystem Restoration with Soil Ecology Following a High-Intensity Wildfire at Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Linda van Diepen
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5,   X:1,   XII:1  
Local Food Production resubmitted March7 2014
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Local Food Production resubmitted March7 2014
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
LREC Short Reports
Project Director:  
Year: 2017
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   V:1,   IX:2, 3, 4, 5,   X:1, 3  
Management and Policy Challenges in a Water-Scarce World
Project Director:  Kristiana Hansen
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Management of Cercospora Leaf Spot with Foliar Fungicide Programs
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of diseases caused by Rhizoctonia in sugarbeet with in-furrow fungicide applications at planting
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Management of Potato Diseases with In-Furrow Fungicide Applications
Project Director:  W. Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Management of Potato Early Blight with Foliar Fungicide Programs
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of potato early blight with foliar fungicide programs in potato
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Management of Potato Early Dying Syndrome with In-Furrow Fungicide/Nematicides and Foliar Nematicide Combinations
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of Rhizoctonia Diseases of Sugarbeet Under a Replant Scenario with Various Fungicide Application Methods
Project Director:  W. Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot Disease in Sugarbeet with a Fungicide-Glyphosate Tank-Mix to Improve Farm Efficiency, 2016
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot Disease in Sugarbeet with a Fungicide-Herbicide Tank Mix to Improve Farm Efficiency
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot Disease in Sugarbeet with Bio and Conventional In-Furrow and Foliar-Banded Fungicide Applications
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot Disease in Sugarbeet with Bio and Conventional In-Furrow Fungicides and Foliar-Banded Fungicide Applications
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot with In-Furrow and Banded Fungicide Applications
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Management of Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot with Single Fungicide Applications at Planting Under a Sugarbeet Replant Scenario
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Management of Root Rot Diseases of Dry Bean with In-Furrow Fungicides
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of soil-borne disease in dry bean with in-furrow fungicide applications at planting
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Management of Soil-Borne Diseases of Potato with Seed Piece and In-Furrow Fungicide Treatements
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of Stripe Rust in Irrigated Winter Wheat
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Management of sugarbeet cyst nematode with a combination of seed treatments and in-furrow nematicides
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Management of Sugarbeet Cyst Nematode with In-Furrow and Foliar-Banded Nematicides
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Mapping Function Value Traits in Brassica rapa (Field Mustard, Turnip)
Project Director:  R. Baker
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:1  
Matching Cow Size to Wyoming Rangeland Conditions
Project Director:  J.D. Scasta
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   V:7,   VI:3,   VIII:3  
Maternal and genetic influences on offspring rumen microbes and performance
Project Director:  Hannah Cunningham
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1  
MB906 Trial
Project Director:   Brian Mealor
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Meadow Bromegrass in Mixture with Alfalfa Affects Light and Nitrogen Acquisition, Forage Yield, and Nutritive Value
Project Director:  Dennis Ashilenje
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2   VII  
Mechanical renovation of deteriorating alfalfa stands
Project Director:  Daniel Smith
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:7,   II:6  
Mechanical Renovation of Deteriorating Alfalfa Stands
Project Director:  Dan Smith
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:7,   II:6  
Millercoors Variety trial
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Animal Science
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
MillerCoors variety trial
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
mixed cover crops in furrow-irrigated sugarbeet-barley rotations
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Modernizing the GIS-supported Study Area Resource Request Application through JavaScript/HTML5 Programming Tools
Project Director:  Doug Zalesky
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

There are 6 major goals/objectives of this project and they are listed below:Leverage and streamline existing application functionality and capabilities, and identify and prioritize additional ones with input from major stakeholders.Develop SARRA 2.0 through JavaScript, HTML5 and other cutting-edge web-based application programming tools.Develop content and deliver end-user training on SARRA 2.0.Explore the feasibility of porting specific SARRA components to mobile platform.Investigate the potential applicability of SARRA 2.0 beyond Wyoming.Develop a stewardship plan for SARRA 2.0 after its release.

Modernizing the GIS-supported Study Area Resource Request Application through JavaScript/HTML5 Programming Tools
Project Director:  Wendy Berelson
Year: 2017
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Laramie
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

There are 6 major goals/objectives of this project and they are listed below:Leverage and streamline existing application functionality and capabilities, and identify and prioritize additional ones with input from major stakeholders.Develop SARRA 2.0 through JavaScript, HTML5 and other cutting-edge web-based application programming tools.Develop content and deliver end-user training on SARRA 2.0.Explore the feasibility of porting specific SARRA components to mobile platform.Investigate the potential applicability of SARRA 2.0 beyond Wyoming.Develop a stewardship plan for SARRA 2.0 after its release.

Molecular Basis of Maternal Obesity-Induced Fetal Cardiac Contractile Dysfunction
Project Director:  Wei Guo
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Molecular Mechanism Mediating the effects of Obesity on Cardiac Function and Development in Fetuses and Offspring of Obese Mothers
Project Director:  Wei Guo
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiac dysfunction and chronic heart failure. Maternal obesity (MO) caused by high-energy diets is harmful for maternal health, and also causes heart failure (HF) in the children and grandchildren of obese women. MO may lead to impaired developmental transitions of proteins in the fetus and thus affect offspring in postnatal life. For example, the deficiency of splicing factor-RNA binding motif 20 (RBM20) leads to larger titin isoform expression from fetal development through adulthood, which results in progressive heart failure in rats, and loss of cardiac function caused by a RBM20 mutation in humans leads to end-stage heart failure. However, the detailed mechanisms remain poorly understood. Since our preliminary data demonstrated that titin isoform transition might play a critical role in the development of HF, we propose the following specific objectives: Objective 1. Examine whether maternal obesity affects titin isoform transition and relevant alternative splicing factors in cardiac muscle of fetuses and adult offspring and identify whether MO leads to exon variants in cardiac tissue caused by altered splicing factors with next generation sequencing. Objective 2. Evaluate the impact of maternal obesity on myocyte mechanical properties of fetuses and adult offspring by testing myocyte contractility and force measurements.

Molecular mechanisms mediating the effects of maternal obesity on cardiac function and development in fetuses and offspring of obese mothers
Project Director:  Wei Guo
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Skeletal Muscle Growth and Differentiation
Project Director:  Wei Guo
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Characterize the signal transduction pathways that regulate skeletal muscle growth and metabolism including the influence of endogenous growth factors and various production practices. Characterize the cellular and molecular basis of myogenesis.

Multi-state Coordinated Evaluation of Winegrape Cultivars and Clones
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1. Screen the viticulture characteristics of clones, cultivars and elite germplasm with significant potential throughout the USA. 3. Conduct explorations of new germplasm and lesser-known cultivars that may have economic potential for the US wine industry.

Multiple
Project Director:  Kristina Hufford
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Multistate Research Coordination, Western Region
Project Director:  Bret Hess
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Myxobacteria as Biocontrol Agents against Crop Pathogens
Project Director:  D. Wall
Year: 2016
Department: Molecular Biology
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:2  
NAHLN Activities University of Wyoming, Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory
Project Director:  William Laegreid
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Offstation
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) is a public funded, American Association of Veterinary LaboratoryDiagnosticians (AAVLD)-accredited, animal disease diagnostic laboratory operated and staffed by the Department of VeterinarySciences, University of Wyoming. The WSVL has been a member laboratory of the National Animal Health Laboratory Networkfor almost 10 years. The WSVL appreciates the value of NAHLN testing nationwide and has given overviews of the system toproducer groups and practicing veterinarians around Wyoming. The WSVL is currently approved to test for animal diseases ofimportance to national security or that are considered to be of high national importance. These diseases include avian influenzavirus, foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever, vesicular stomatitis, exotic Newcastle disease, and the transmissiblespongiform encephalopathies chronic wasting disease of wild cervids and scrapie of sheep (and goats). Multiple individuals, professional and technical staff, in the WSVL are cross-trained and proficiency-tested to provide these services.For small public-funded member laboratories in sparsely populated states, it is a challenge to maintain currency and offer acomplete menu of routine diagnostic tests for our clientele while at the same time, maintaining a commitment to the NAHLN fortesting of high impact diseases. Apart from one-time expenditures for purchase of diagnostic testing equipment andinstrumentation, major recurring annual costs are those related to 1) competitive salaries for laboratory technicians trained andproficient in NAHLN testing and 2) annual maintenance and calibration for the laboratory equipment/instruments used in theNAHLN procedures. Adequate depth in trained technical staff is necessary to ensure that demands of routine as well as NAHLNtesting are satisfied. Likewise, due to economic constraints, there is little redundancy in equipment/instruments used for themolecular diagnostic procedures required for many NAHLN tests. A commitment to ensuring that equipment/instruments areprofessionally maintained and calibrated will help guarantee the accuracy of results and avoid costly downtime due to faultyequipment/instruments in need of repairs.During the period covered by this project, we will focus on continuing to enhance our current high consequence diseaseresponse capacity. The goals for the current funded project, are to enhance our sample handling, processing and testingcapacities.

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New, Emerging, and Re-emerging Animal Diseases: Wyoming and the Intermountain Region
Project Director:  Will Laegreid
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Goals and objectives are to: 1) identify and characterize new, emerging, or re-emerging spontaneous diseases in domestic animals and wildlife, including those potentially impacting human health; 2) determine the cause and pathogenesis of new, emerging, or re-emerging spontaneous diseases in wildlife and domestic animals; 3) document and track the incidence, prevalence and trends of spontaneous diseases as they occur state-wide; 4) validate commercial diagnostic tests or develop new tests for diseases in wildlife and domestic animals; similarly, validate or develop new assays for environmental toxins that have the potential to adversely affect animal or human health; and 5) leverage preliminary data from real-world cases of spontaneous disease or toxins in animals and wildlife or studies to generate extramural grants to support applied and basic research. Attainment of these goals and objectives will increase the knowledge about new, emerging, or re-emerging diseases in animals. This knowledge will help prevent or mitigate the effects of disease and toxins in animals, humans, and the environment. Knowledge acquired will be integrated into teaching efforts and disseminated to stakeholders through scientific and lay meetings publications, and press.

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Rates for Sugarbeet under Sprinkler Irrigation and Conservation Tillage
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Year: 2017
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 7,   II:1  
Nitrogen fertilization of dry bean: A search for greater efficiency going forward
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Nitrogen-By-Dry Bean Cultivar
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Nk cells in Toxoplasma infection
Project Director:  Jason Gigley
Department: Molecular Biology
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
NRPN
Project Director:  Jerry Nachtman
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
NRPN
Project Director:  Jerry Nachtman
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
NRPN
Project Director:  Jerry Nachtman
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Nuclear Size Regulation by NTF2 in Melanoma Cancer Cells
Project Director:  D. L. Levy
Year: 2016
Department: Molecular Biology
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Off-Station Short Reports
Project Director:  
Year: 2017
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:3, 5,   VII:2, 4, 7,   IX:1, 4, 6  
Omega-3 supplementation for beef cattle and sheep: impacts on tissue composition, reproduction, and development of offspring
Project Director:  Daniel Rule
Department: Animal Science
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goal: To determine the effectiveness of rumen-inert long-chain omega-3 fatty acids on growth and reproductive parameters in cattle and sheep.Objectives:1: Determine the effectiveness of molasses lick tubs as a delivery system for long-chain n-3 fatty acids, when present as the calcium salt (rumen inert) of fish oil, for supplementation of grass-fed beef cattle.2: Determine the effects of supplemental long-chain n-3 fatty acids on reproductive efficiency of beef cows and heifers when the fatty acids are provided as the calcium salt of fish oil using the molasses lick tub delivery system.3: Determine the impact of cow and heifer rumen inert n-3 fatty acid supplementation on milk fatty acids and calf health.4: Determine the effectiveness of molasses lick tubs as a delivery system for long-chain n-3 fatty acids, when present as the calcium salt (rumen inert) of fish oil, for supplementation of forage fed lamb.5: Determine the effects of supplemental long-chain n-3 fatty acids on reproductive efficiency of ewes when the fatty acids are provided as the calcium salt of fish oil using the molasses lick tub delivery system. Additionally, the impacts on milk composition and lamb health will be determined.

On-Farm Determination of the Effect of Early Termination of Irrigation and Seeding Rates on Yield and Quality of Confection Sunflower
Project Director:  V.R. Joshi
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2   IV  
On-Farm Performance of Bird's-foot Trefoil Cultivars
Project Director:  Sayantan Sarkar
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:9,   IX:2  
Optimization of a Non-Surgical Artificial Insemination Technique Utilizing Estrous Synchronization and Frozen-Thawed Ram Semen
Project Director:  P. H. Purdy
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:9  
Parasitism of Lygus Bugs in Wyoming Alfalfa
Project Director:  Timothy Collier
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2  
Participatory breeding of winter-hardyvegetable peas for Wyoming
Project Director:  Christopher Hilgert
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Pea seed increase
Project Director:  Mike Moore
Department: Seed Certification
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Perennial Cool-Season Grasses for Hay Production and Fall Grazing Under Full and Limited Irrigation
Project Director:  B. E. Horn
Year: 2016
Department: UW Extension
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IV:4  
Perennial Cool-Season Grasses for Hay Production and Fall Grazing Under Full and Limited Irrigation
Project Director:  Blaine Horn
Year: 2017
Department: UW Extension
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IV:4  
Perennial Cool-Season Grasses Under Irrigation for Hay Production and Fall Grazing
Project Director:  Blaine Horn
Year: 2018
Department: UW Extension
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 12,   IV:4,   VI:1, 3  
Pinto Bean Rhizoctonia Root Rot Management with In-Furrow Fungicides
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Planting Cover Crops After Compost Application in Winter Wheat Fallow in Eastern Wyoming: Soil Moisture, Weed Competition, and Crop Yield Responses
Project Director:  Urszula Norton
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3,   II:5, 8,   III:3  
Planting Date and Variety Effect on Winter Camelina Production
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 6, 12, 15,   X:1  
Planting Date Effect on Winter Forage Crops for Supplemental Cornstalk Grazing
Project Director:  J. Meeks
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 4, 6,   II:5,   V:7,   VI:1, 3,   VII:2, 6  
Policy Experiments for the Intermountain West Native Seed Industry
Project Director:  B.R. Mock
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:6,   XII:1  
Pollinator Food Plots
Project Director:  Jeff Edwards
Department: UW Extension
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Pollinator Food Plots
Project Director:  Jeff Edwards
Department: UW Extension
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Pollinator food plots demonstration
Project Director:  Jeff Edwards
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Post-Grazing Vegetation Structure and Ground Surface Temperature Responses to Grazing Intensity in a Rangeland Soil Health Experiment in a Wyoming Mixed-Grass Prairie
Project Director:  Derek Scasta
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:15,   VI:3, 5, 6  
Potato disease management
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Potato Early Blight Management in Wyoming with GWN-10126 Combinations
Project Director:  W. Stump
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Potato Early Blight Management with In-Furrow Fungicide Combinations
Project Director:  William Stump
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11  
Potato Studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Potato Studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Potato Studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Potatoe Production Practices
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Potential of forage kochia for reclamation of disturbed lands
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Pre-emergence weed control for dry beans
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Pre-plant Burndown Options for Kochia Control in Sugarbeet
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:1, 7  
Pre-plant weed control in sugarbeet
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:1, 7  
PREC Short Reports
Project Director:  
Year: 2017
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13,   II:2, 6, 7, 9,   III:1, 7, 8,   IV:1, 2, 3,   X:1  
Predation and Survival of Mock Sage Grouse Nests in Carbon County
Project Director:  Derek Scasta
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   XII:2  
Preplant herbicides for sugarbeet
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Prevalence of Brucella ovis in Wyoming domestic sheep
Project Director:  Kerry Sondgeroth
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Prevalence of Brucella ovis in Wyoming domestic sheep
Project Director:  K. Sondgeroth
Year: 2016
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Prevalence of Brucella ovis in Wyoming Domestic Sheep
Project Director:  Kerry Sondgeroth
Year: 2017
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Priming Science: Writing Emerging Science to Engage Resource Navigators
Project Director:  K. Gunther
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:2, 4, 5  
Productivity and Profitability of Irrigated Grass-Legume Mixtures
Project Director:  A.T. Adjesiwor
Year: 2015
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:5,   VII:1  
Pronghorn Antelope Short-Term Response to a Dormant-Season Wildfire in a High-Elevation Steppe Rangeland
Project Director:  Derek Scasta
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   XII:1, 2  
Pulse crops as a possible rotation with dryland winter wheat
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2, 5, 9,   II:5, 7, 9,   X:1  
Quality Response of Irrigated Silage Corn under On-Surface and Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation Systems
Project Director:  A. Nilahyane
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2,   IV:3, 4  
Quantification of Growing and Non-Growing Season Crop Evapotranspiration, Surface Energy Balance Fluxes, and Crop Coefficients for Major Vegetation Surfaces in Wyoming
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goals: To collect data, disseminate information, and promote collaboration on evapotranspiration and other energy balance components for irrigation water use conservation.To study the impact of micro-climate on agricultural crop water productivity.Specific Objectives:Measure growing season crop evapotranspiration (ETc), transpiration (T), evaporation (E), and crop coefficients (Kc) for key vegetative surfaces, including sugarbeet and drybeans in Northwest Wyoming.Quantify evaporative losses and surface coefficients during non-growing (dormant) season.Quantify and analyze short and long-term surface energy balance components (i.e. latent heat, net radiation, sensible heat, and soil heat flux) to understand the interaction between surface, water and energy fluxes.Assess the performance of the METRIC and SEBS algorithm to estimate ETc and other energy fluxes using Landsat imagery with respect to Bowen Ratio Energy Balance Systems (BREBS) measured surface energy variables for several vegetation surfaces in Northwest Wyoming.Quantify and evaluate the spatial and temporal distribution of ETc in Northwest Wyoming.Develop Extension, educational and outreach materials to disseminate project progress and outcomes and publish project findings in scientific refereed journals.

Quantification of Growing-Season Crop Evapotranspiration for Sugarbeet in Wyoming
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2018
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:3, 4,   X:1  
Quantifying production of ecosystem services by Western ranchers
Project Director:  Philip Lavallee Jr.
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:1, 3, 5,   VII:2, 4  
Quantifying Short-Term Soil Biological and Vegetation Feedback from High-Intensity, Short-Duration Grazing Versus Conventional Grazing
Project Director:  Linda van Diepen
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:15,   VI:5, 6  
Quantifying Shrub Canopy Interception of Two Imazapic Formulations and Impacts on Cheatgrass Biomass
Project Director:  Clay Wood
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5, 7,   VI:3,   XII:1  
Quantifying the economic impact of excessively fat lambs in the Wyoming and U.S. lamb processing sector
Project Director:  Whit Stewart
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:16, 17  
Quantitative Variation in the Circadian Clock Affects Plant Performance
Project Director:  M. Salmela
Year: 2016
Department: Botany
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:1  
Rangeland Sustainability: Social-Ecological Resiliency
Project Director:  John Tanaka
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1. To determine the economic feasibility of cattle management practices.2. To determine the economic and ecological relationships and tradeoffs of alternative rangeland policies at the landscape and ecosystem level.3. To determine the economic and ecological consequences, tradeoffs, and linkages of management practices and policies used to rehabilitate or maintain rangeland ecosystems on private and public lands.4. To investigate the ecological, social, and economic values of ecosystem services from rangeland ecosystem restoration and investigate social-ecological linkages of rural communities and economies to rangelands.

Reducing Direct Harvest Losses in Conservation Tillage Dry Bean Production
Project Director:  C. Beiermann
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 4, 7, 8, 9,   II:6,   IV:4,   IX:2, 4,   X:1, 2  
Regulation of Nuclear Size in Cancer Cells
Project Director:  D.L. Levy
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Relationship Education and Leadership: Youth-Focused Relationship Education and Undergraduate Service Learning
Project Director:  Alyssa McElwain
Year: 2017
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source:
Status: Active

Overall this project will gather information about adolescents and young adults in Wyoming that will help inform youth-focused relationship education programs and young adult professional development.Objectives:To collect data about adolescent relationships in Wyoming.To pilot and conduct a formative evaluation of a youth-focused relationship education program with Wyoming youth.To gather data about the professional and individual social, cognitive, and emotional development of young adult undergraduate students in social sciences who participate in experiential learning.To collect data about the effectiveness of young adult undergraduate facilitators of youth-focused relationship educationTo evaluate the comparative effectiveness of professional educators (e.g., high school teachers, professional facilitators) and similar aged peer educators (undergraduates) in a youth-focused intervention program.

Relative Competitive Abilities of Bulbous Bluegrass and Cheatgrass with Perennial Grasses
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5  
Reproductive Performance in Domestic Ruminants
Project Director:  Brenda Alexander
Year: 2017
Department: Animal Science
Center: Offstation
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Discover mechanisms within five years that have potential to translate into applicable biotechnologies to improve reproductive efficiency in domestic ruminants. (2) d. Increase knowledge of mechanisms that allow for the establishment of pregnancy. Further understanding the interface of the reproductive and immune systems will allow for the development of technologies that target the immune system decreasing the incidence of early embryonic/fetal loss. (3) e. Increase the understanding of communication and nutrient flow between the embryo/fetus and the dam. This understanding would improve fetal health outcomes and adult wellbeing, and would be important for the optimization of livestock production goals. 

Residual Corn Herbicide Effects on Fall Cover Crop Establishment
Project Director:  J. Meeks
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   III   VI  
Response of Bird's-foot Trefoil Cultivars to Producer's Field
Project Director:  S. Sarkar
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:9,   IX:2  
Response of Silage Corn to Irrigation Water and Nitrogen under On-Surface and Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation
Project Director:  Abdelaziz Nilahyane
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2,   IV:3, 4  
Response to Late-Season Hail Damage in Irrigated Corn
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3, 6, 15,   X:1  
Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Erosion-Control Treatment at the Rogers Research Site Following High-Intensity Wildfire
Project Director:  James C Hageman Sustainable Research and Extension Center
Year: 2017
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Rhizoctonia Management in Sugarbeet with Xanthion
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
RNA Binding Protein RBM20 Regulates Gene Network Associated with Heart Muscle Contraction
Project Director:  Wei Guo
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
RNA-Binding Protein RBM20 Regulates Skeletal Muscle Regeneration
Project Director:  Wei Guo
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Roundup Ready Alfalfa Variety Test
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
RRS Bulletin 1: Introduction to the University of Wyoming's Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Robert Waggener
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1  
RRS Bulletin 2: Wide Constituency Guides Early Activities and Research at Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Robert Waggener
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1  
RRS Bulletin 3: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Research and Teaching at Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Robert Waggener
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5,   X:1,   XII:1  
RRS Bulletin 4: Vegetation Mapping of Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming, Using High Spatial Resolution Photography and Heads-Up Digitizing
Project Director:  Ken Driese
Year: 2018
Department: Botany
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1  
RRS Bulletin 5: Restoration of Ponderosa Pine Following High-Intensity Fire, Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Linda van Diepen
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5,   X   XII:1  
RRS Bulletin 6: Soils of the University of Wyoming Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Robert Waggener
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1  
RRS Bulletin 7: Pre- and Post-Fire Soil Comparisons, Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Robert Waggener
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:1  
RRS Bulletin 8: Nutrient Additions and Soil Microbial Community Recovery Following High-Severity Forest Fire, Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming
Project Director:  Robert Waggener
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   II:8,   X:1,   XII:1  
Rumen Microbes Associated with Feed Efficiency in Lambs
Project Director:  M. J. Ellison
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1  
Rumen Microbes Associated with Response to High-Sulfate Drinking Water in Lambs
Project Director:  A. Abrams
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Rumen Microbial Changes in Response to High Sulfur Water
Project Director:  Kristi Cammack
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sage Grouse Forb Study
Project Director:  Kristina Hufford
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sainfoil Stand Removal
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:7  
SAREC Short Reports
Project Director:  
Year: 2017
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 6,   III:5, 9, 11,   VII:4  
Screening Accessions of Dry Bean for Tolerance to Drought
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Screening and development of dry bean genotypes for drought tolerance
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:3  
Screening Dry Bean for Stress Tolerance
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Screening Dry Bean Genotypes for Drought Tolerance
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Screening Dry Bean Genotypes for Drought Tolerance
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Screening Dry Bean Genotypes for Drought Tolerance in Wyoming
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12,   IV:3, 4,   IX:4,   X:1  
Screening Grain Crop Genotypes for Drought Tolerance in the High Plains and Intermountain West
Project Director:  James Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goals:1. Identify genotypes of dry bean that have superior drought tolerance.2. Establish new dry bean genotypes that combine drought tolerance from experimental lines with genotypes possessing high yield potential.

Screening Grapevine Cultivars
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Screening Grapevine Cultivars and Optimizing Management Practices for Improving Grapevine Production in Wyoming
Project Director:  S. A. Dhekney
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Screening Grapevine Cultivars for Adaptability to Soil and Climatic Conditions in Wyoming
Project Director:  S.A. Dhekney
Year: 2015
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Season Extension for Production of Vegetables under Protection Cultivation Systems
Project Director:  A. Erickson
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Seed Increase for Dry Bean Accessions
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Seed Removal of Broadcast-Seeded Cover Crops Into Standing Corn
Project Director:  Randa Jabbour
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:6,   II:5, 7  
Seed Source Research
Project Director:  Kristina Hufford
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Seed Treatment and In-Furrow Fungicide Effects on Rhizoctonia Stem Canker and Yield of Potato in Wyoming
Project Director:  M. Wallhead
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:3  
Seed treatments for Rhizoctonia management
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Shade Avoidance as a Mechanism of Yield Loss in Sugarbeet
Project Director:  T. Schambow
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:7  
Sheridan Research and Extension Center: 125 Years of Agricultural Research in Northeast Wyoming
Project Director:  B. A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
ShREC Short Reports
Project Director:  
Year: 2017
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3,   VIII   IX:2, 3, 4, 5,   X:1, 3,   XII:1  
Simplot Variety trial
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Animal Science
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Small Grain Studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Small Grain Studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Responses to High Rate of Compost in Dryland Winter Wheat During the First Two Years
Project Director:  Urszula Norton
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:3,   II:5, 8,   III:3  
Soil Investigations at Rogers Research Site, Laramie Mountains, Wyoming, Before and After High-Severity Fire
Project Director:  James C Hageman Sustainable Research and Extension Center
Year: 2017
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Soil, Water, and Environmental Physics Across Scales
Project Director:  Thijs Kelleners
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active
Soybean maturity group trial
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Species Composition and Nitrogen Fixation Affect Forage Yield and Nutritive Value of Irrigated Meadow Brome-Legume Mixtures
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   II:2,   VI:1,   VII:1  
Spring and Fall Herbicide Application for Dalmatian Toadflax Control
Project Director:  J. M. Workman
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:2, 3, 5, 7  
State Winter Wheat Nursery
Project Director:  Jerry Nachtman
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Statewide Distribution of Cheatgrass Infestations in Wyoming
Project Director:  C.E. Noseworthy
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:5,   X:1,   XII:1  
Strategic management of invasive weeds in rangelands: from protection to restoration.
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goal: Identify desirable species that display the ability to compete with invasive weeds and that can establish and grow while stressors are applied to undesirable weeds.Objectives:1) Determine if ecological thresholds can be successfully identified for select invasive species and if they differ among ecological sites.2) Determine if highly competitive plant materials (including those collected from long-term weed invasions) can be identified and incorporated into invasive plant management programs to establish desirable native plant communities with an increased resistance to future encroachment by invasive species.3) Evaluate vertically-integrated weed management strategies to improve the condition and sustainability of disturbed or invaded rangeland ecosystems.

Strategic Sheep Grazing Effects on Yellow Sweetclover (Melilotus officinalis [L.] Lam.) Dominance and Structure
Project Director:  J. D. Scasta
Year: 2016
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   V:3,   VI:4, 5, 6  
Strip till and cover crops
Project Director:  Jay Norton
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Structural Food Preference Changes and the Effects Thereof on Consumer Food Demand Structure, Subsistence Consumption, and Environment in the US, China, and Russia
Project Director:  Vardges Hovhannisyan
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Major Goal: Investigate effects demographic, political, and health concerns on food demand in the US, China, and Russia.Objectives:1.The major objective of the current study is to investigate the effects of various demographic, political, and health concerns on food demand in the US, China, and Russia by addressing the fundamental issues not examined in previous studies.2. To empirically examine these effects on food demand and consumer preferences by applying our framework to the most recent provincial-level panel data on consumer food expenditures provided by the respective state statistics bureaus.3. To construct anempirical framework that will recognize potential food supply and price responses to increased urbanization and other important changes resulting from the loss of agricultural land, increased water scarcity, and deteriorating soil quality.4. To investigate the effects of the above changes on subsistence consumption.

Student Demo Plots
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Studies of Insects Associated with Mountain Pine Bark Beetle in Limber Pine
Project Director:  Lawrence Haimowitz
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Studies of Natural Enemies and Other Insects Associated with Mountain Pine Bark Beetle
Project Director:  Lawrence Haimowitz
Year: 2017
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Studies of Parasitoid Wasps Associated with Mountain Pine Bark Beetle
Project Director:  L. Haimowitz
Year: 2016
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Studies of parasitoid wasps of forest ecosystems
Project Director:  Scott Shaw
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The goal of this CRIS project is to continue to build on my previous two decades of research in Wyoming forests by continuing sampling, specimen preparation, discovery, and documentation of Braconidae wasp species from forest ecosystems.The specific objectives of this research will be:1. prepare and deposit museum voucher specimens of Braconidae species,2. record new species and new biological host association data,3. discovery and publication of new species of Braconidae.

Study of heirloom, historic, and novel apple cultivars in century-old Wyoming orchards
Project Director:  Steven Miller
Year: 2015
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Studying cellular and physiological responses of grapevine to abiotic stress factors
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Studying grapevine abiotic stress tolerance
Project Director:  Sadanand Dhekney
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Studying propagation techniques for goji berry
Project Director:  Jeremiah Vardiman
Year: 2016
Department: UW Extension
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   X:1  
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar beet studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugar Beet Studies
Project Director:  William Stump
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sugarbeet response to Insure Organics’ soil enhancement
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   II:2  
Sun Exposure in Growing Pigs Increases the Vitamin D Nutritional Quality of Pork
Project Director:  B. C. Ingold
Year: 2016
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1,   V:5  
Sunflower Companion Crop
Project Director:  Camby Reynolds
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sunflower production
Project Director:  Gary Moss
Department: Animal Science
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Sunflower Yields Deficit Irrigation
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Survey of Wyoming Dry Bean Producers
Project Director:  John Tanaka
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:11, 14,   II:2,   IV:1, 3,   IX:3, 4, 5, 6  
Sustainable Agriculture in Eastern Wyoming
Project Director:  John Tanaka
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1. Discovery: To facilitate mission-linked scientific inquiry on agricultural systems that promote sustainable land and resource use.2. Dissemination: To disseminate knowledge developed through discovery to enhance the sustainability of agriculture systems for the future.3. Engagement: To facilitate dialogue among stakeholders with diverse roles and backgrounds to advance understanding and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices.

Sustainable IPM Strategies for Rangeland Grasshoppers in Wyoming and the West
Project Director:  Alexandre Latchininsky
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The overall goal of the proposed applied research is to further refine grasshopper control strategy ofReduced Area and Agent Treatments (RAATs)by including new IPM treatment options after their field evaluation. To achieve this goal, the following research objectives will be pursued:(1) Evaluate efficacy, economics and environmental impacts of new chemical control agents within the RAATs application strategy.(2) Develop practical guidelines for their use in RAATs context.(3) Field test biological grasshopper control agents to assess their potential for inclusion in the RAATs strategy.

Sustaining Legumes in Grasslands to Reduce Nitrogen Fertilization
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Systems analysis of shade-avoidance responses as a mechanism of crop yield loss due to weeds
Project Director:  Andrew Kniss
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The long-term goal of this project is to improve the sustainability of crop production through predictive understanding of the mechanism of crop yield loss due to weeds. In order to accomplish our long-term goal, we propose the following specific objectives for this research project:Determine the growth stages during its life cycle that Beta vulgaris yield is affected by shade avoidance responses.Quantify the root to shoot ratio changes from shade-avoidance responses and subsequent impact on soil water use and competition between weeds and Beta vulgaris.Use a process model-data fusion approach to test and improve methods for predicting crop yield loss from weed competition.

Targeted goat grazing for weed control
Project Director:  Mae Smith
Year: 2016
Department: UW Extension
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5,   VI:3, 4, 5,   XII:1  
Targeted Grazing for Dalmatian Toadflax and Geyer’s Larkspur Management
Project Director:  J.M. Workman
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5,   V:3,   VI:5,   VII:1  
Targeted Sheep Grazing for Dalmatian Toadflax and Geyer's Larkspur Management
Project Director:  J. M. Workman
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5,   V:3,   VI:5  
Taters for Tots education program at SAREC
Project Director:  Brian Lee
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:5, 7  
Technical and economic evaluation for on-farm drying of confection sunflowers and grain corn in the Bighorn Basin
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IX:2  
Terrestrial Carbon and Nitrogen Eight Years after Bark Beetle-Caused Forest Mortality
Project Director:  Urszula Norton
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:2,   XII:1, 2  
Testing Flowering Plants for Attraction to Beneficial Insects
Project Director:  Randa Jabbour
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Testing for suitable soybean maturity group for the Bighorn Basin
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:9,   II:9  
Testing for Suitable Soybean Maturity Group for the Bighorn Basin
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:9,   II:9  
Testing for Suitable Soybean Maturity Group for the Bighorn Basin
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:9,   II:9  
The effect of monensin on pulmonary arterial pressures in beef calves
Project Director:  Scott Lake
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:10, 13  
The importance of U.S. food and agricultural trade in a new global market environment
Project Director:  Mariah Ehmke
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

(1) Determine the impacts of U.S. and foreign policies, market structures, and regulations on U.S. food and agricultural trade, the economy, and the environment. (2) Determine the impacts of international arrangements and institutions on U.S. food and agricultural trade, the economy, and the environment. 

The ranch economics of greater sage-grouse conservation practices
Project Director:  John Tanaka
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:7,   VI:3,   VII:2, 4, 6, 7,   IX:1, 3, 6, 7  
The role of the soil microbial community in restoration efforts of disturbed Wyoming forests and rangelands
Project Director:  Linda van Diepen
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The proposed research will focus on how restoration and management strategies affect the functioning of the soil microbial community to support an efficient, economical, and durable recovery of the plant community after disturbances. The goals are to understand how disturbances, includingfire escalations, outbreaks of pests, invasive plant species and resource extraction affect1) the soil microbial community composition, 2) their functioning with respect to nutrient cycling and organic matter decay, and 3) how potentialchanges in the microbial community may affect plant-microbe interactions and vegetation growth and composition.

The silent decline in soil potassium levels and its effect on alfalfa productivity in the central and western US
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The goal of this multi-state, multi-institutional project is to develop a potassium (K) fertility management program that will improve alfalfa production and quality across the central and western U.S. The project will generate much needed information for alfalfa producers and stakeholders of the entire region and communicate the results through extension programs. This goal will be accomplished by the following research and extension objectives.Determine irrigated alfalfa growth, yield, and quality with selected cultivars across three central and western states with different levels of K. The study will be initiated in the fall of 2016 and completed in the fall of 2019.Determine K uptake and forage quality of selected alfalfa cultivars at different growth stages. Soil samples will be collected in the fall (2016) and annually (2017, 2018, and 2019) during the study for nutrient analysis. Forage quality and K content will be measured using wet-chemistry and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) from individual plot samples collected at each harvest. This objective will be completed in the fall of 2019.Develop K fertility recommendations and update alfalfa soil fertility guides for the central and western U.S. This objective will be initiated in the late fall of 2016 and completed in the fall of 2019.Develop supporting documents for the initiation of a Community of Practice (CoP) within eXtension. An initiative will be taken to develop an Alfalfa CoP with supporting materials from the central and western regions to be completed by fall of 2019.

TRPM8 Signaling in the Ram Brain: Putative Testosterone Receptor
Project Director:  Brenda Alexander
Year: 2018
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:12  
Twin sex influence on puberty onset
Project Director:  Brenda Alexander
Department: Animal Science
Center: Laramie
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Understanding distribution and connectivity of species in changing landscapes
Project Director:  Melanie Murphy
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

I have three primary interrelated areas of research:Assess distribution & functional connectivity of species in changing landscapes.Maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function are central land management goals. To address these needs, I am developing and applying landscape genetic approaches to estimate current species' distribution and functional connectivity (the degree of movement or flow of organisms through their distribution on the landscape, necessary for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function). I am then applying this framework to estimate functional connectivity under potential land-use scenarios and assess risk of functional connectivity loss for a variety of species. Currently projects include: Greater Sage-grouse in NE Wyoming in relation to oil and gas development; Swift fox in Wyoming, Colorado and Texas (collaborating with Donnelle Schwalm, Texas Technical University/Oregon State University and Sam Cushman, USDA Forest Service RMRS) and Boreal chorus frogs in Northern Colorado in relation to land acquisition priorities (collaborating with W. Chris Funk, Colorado State University and Erin Muths, USGS).Evaluate water availability and ecosystem services under climate change scenarios. Climate change will affect not only temperature and moisture but timing. The timing of the water's presence is the critical factor affecting water availability for both biodiversity and anthropogenic use. Semi-permanent wetlands, those that retain water seasonally, may be an indicator of water availability. My aim is to assess surface water availability for both biodiversity and anthropogenic use by linking wetland hydroperiod (length of time water is available in a wetland) to climatic variation in a semi-arid environment. In this context, I am also investigating ecosystem services provided by beaver in the context of wetland dynamics (water quality and biodiversity). In addition, I am developing eDNA methods to identify wetland dependent species as a way to measure biodiversity while reducing observer bias.Develop and test analytical tools for landscape genetics. Reliable estimates of functional connectivity may require decades of field data, information not generally available when addressing pressing management concerns. In response to the challenge of quantifying functional connectivity, the emerging field of landscape genetics combines landscape ecology and population genetics. Landscape genetics applies molecular mark

Understanding Epigenetic Mechanisms of Lactation Failure
Project Director:  B. Cherrington
Year: 2015
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:1, 2  
Understanding Epigenetic Mechanisms of Lactation Failure
Project Director:  B. Cherrington
Year: 2016
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:1, 2  
Understanding the fate and transport of water under changing land use and climate
Project Director:  Ginger Paige
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The goal of this project is to establish and maintain field and laboratory studies that will improve the scientific understanding of the pathways of water movement through watersheds and ecosystems.Objectives:1. Quantify differences in hydrologic reponses in high alpine and rangeland watersheds using an established network of field instrumentation for watershed hydrologic observations.2. Use spatial datasets of watershed characteristics and hydrologic response units to characterize differences in contributing source areas with storm size and type.3. Develop analytical approaches and techniques for partitioning water movement through the field systems.

Understanding the Market for Wyoming Unadulterated Honey
Project Director:  L. Thunström
Year: 2015
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:5  
Unraveling the Mystery: Measuring Digestibility of Different Types of Baling Twine
Project Director:  T. S. Paisley
Year: 2016
Department: Animal Science
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 7  
Use of Perennial and Annual Flowers to Attract Beneficial Insects to Alfalfa
Project Director:  M. Benander
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2,   X:2  
Use of Perennial and Annual Flowers to Attract Beneficial Insects to Alfalfa
Project Director:  M. Pellissier
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2,   X:2  
Use of Perennial and Annual Flowers to Attract Beneficial Insects to Alfalfa
Project Director:  Randa Jabbour
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1, 2,   X:2  
Use of pyrolized coal and biochar as a soil amendment
Project Director:  Pete Stahl
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IV:6,   IX:1  
Using Molecular Methods to Identify Historic Apple Cultivars in 100-Year-Old Orchards in Wyoming
Project Director:  Steve Miller
Year: 2018
Department: Botany
Center: Sheridan
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:1,   IX:9,   X:1  
Using Next-Gen Sequencing to Identify Heirloom, Historic and Novel Apple Cultivars in 100 year-old Orchards in Wyoming and Montana as a Foundation for Marker- Assisted Breeding of Cultivars Specifically Suited to Different Regions of the Rocky Mounta
Project Director:  Steven Miller
Department: Botany
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

The primary objective of the proposed research is to use next-generation sequencing and genotyping methodology to identify heirloom, historic and novel apple cultivars in 100 year-old orchards in Wyoming. This information will serve as a foundation for the next step in this research, which is to develop marker-assisted breeding of cultivars specifically suited to different climatic and edaphic regions of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, outreach objectives will be to save the important cultivars from different regions through grafting. Scionwood will be collected for grafting surviving trees onto hardy rootstock as part of an ongoing effort to save these trees and make them available to the public at grafting workshops.

Using Next-Gen Sequencing to Identify Heirloom, Historic, and Novel Apple Cultivars in 100-year-old Orchards in Wyoming
Project Director:  Steve Miller
Year: 2017
Department: Botany
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII:1  
Using progesterone as a management tool in captive male livestock
Project Director:  Brenda Alexander
Year: 2018
Department: Veterinary Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Using Science-Based Solutions in Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species: Sage-Grouse Case Study
Project Director:  Jeff Beck
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

1.To develop a process for scientist collaboration on assessing the best available science related to threatened and endangered species. This includes our ability: a.To understand the existing process for submitting science to the USFWS. b.To understand how land-grant universities are currently engaged in the process of ESA determinations. c.To find how land-grant universities can better engage in the process. d.To recommend how the process can be improved. 2.To document the process for scientist collaboration on assessing the best available science related to threatened and endangered species. 3.To integrate ecological, biological, economic, and social information to inform decision-makers.

Valuation of residual feed intake as a selection tool for northeast Wyoming range sheep producers
Project Director:  Kate Harlan
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 7, 8,   VII:6  
Valuation of Residual Feed Intake as a Selection Tool for Northeastern Wyoming Range Sheep Producers
Project Director:  M.K. Harlan
Year: 2015
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   V:1, 7,   VI:3,   VII:6  
Valuing the Non-Agricultural Benefits of Flood Irrigation in the Upper Green River Basin
Project Director:  S. Blevins
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:4, 6,   IX:1  
Variation in Canopy Temperature and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index for 23 Dry Bean Genotypes Grown under Well-Watered and Water Stress Conditions
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II  
Vegetable varieties
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Vegetables and herbs under high and low tunnels
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Vegetables and Herbs Under High and Low Tunnels
Project Director:  K. Panter
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Vegetables and Herbs Under High and Low Tunnels: Completion Report
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Vegetation Mapping of Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Using High Spatial Resolution Photographer and Heads-Up Digitizing
Project Director:  Mathew Seymour
Year: 2017
Department: Botany
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Vitamin D Status from Sun Exposure in Swine in Laramie
Project Director:  B.C. Ingold
Year: 2015
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
W.W. Limited irrigation
Project Director:  Todd Flamming
Department: Industry
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
W.W. Seed treatment
Project Director:  Pete Forster
Department: Industry
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Weather monitoring in winter wheat variety trials
Project Director:  Keith Kennedy
Year: 2015
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII   X  
Weed control in dormant alfalfa
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:2, 7  
Weed Control in Dormant Alfalfa
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:2, 7  
Weed Control in Dormant Alfalfa
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:2, 7  
Weed control in dry beans
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:4, 7  
Weed Control in Dry Beans
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:4, 7  
Weed control in new seedling alfalfa
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Weed control in seedling alfalfa
Project Director:  Gustavo Sbatella
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:7  
Weed Control in Seedling Alfalfa
Project Director:  G. Sbatella
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:7  
Weed Management Strategies for Reclamation Success
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Sheridan
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Western Regional Spring Barley Nursery
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Western Regional Spring Barley Nursery
Project Director:  Andi Pierson
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: Powell
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Wildfire Effects on Density and Volume of Sagebrush and Rabbitbrush in a High-Elevation Rangeland
Project Director:  Derek Scasta
Year: 2018
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VI:11,   X:1,   XII:1  
Willingness to Pay and Information Demand for Locally Produced Honey
Project Director:  L. Thunstrom
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:5  
Willingness to Pay and Information Demand for Locally Produced Honey
Project Director:  Linda Thunstrom
Year: 2017
Department: Economics and Finance
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VII:5  
Winter Canola
Project Director:  Jerry Nachtman
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Winter Wheat Planting Date Trial on Dryland Fields in Goshen and Laramie Counties
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12,   IX:2  
Winter Wheat Planting Date Trial: Dryland
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
Winter Wheat Planting Date Trial: Platte County Dryland
Project Director:  J. Nachtman
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
Winter Wheat Variety Trial Nurseries: Eastern Wyoming Dryland and Irrigated
Project Director:  J. Nachtman
Year: 2016
Department: Agricultural Experiment Station
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   VIII  
Winter Wheat Variety Trial Nurseries: Eastern Wyoming Dryland and Irrigated
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12  
Winter Wheat Variety Trials: Laramie County Dryland and Irrigated
Project Director:  Carrie Eberle
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:12,   IX:2  
Work in S.W.
Project Director:  Charlie Hicks
Department: Industry
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Work in S.W. & Barley
Project Director:  Pete Forster
Department: Industry
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Work in W.W.
Project Director:  Charlie Hicks
Department: Industry
Center: SAREC
Source: SARRA
Status: Active
Writing Emerging Science to Engage Resource Navigators: Results from State and National Surveys
Project Director:  K. Gunther
Year: 2016
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   IX:2, 4, 5  
Wyoming Agricultural Climate Network (WACNet)
Project Director:  Vivek Sharma
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Offstation
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   X:5  
Wyoming First-Grains Project: Market and Industry Development for First-Grains in Wyoming
Project Director:  Thomas Foulke
Year: 2018
Department: Agricultural and Applied Economics
Source: NIFA
Status: Active

Objectives:To grow and identify profitable first-grains for Wyoming farmersDevelop niche products for the first-grains identifiedDevelop niche markets for first-grainsShepherd the nascent first-grain industry in the state through vertical integration of first-grain markets and products, and spin-off the resulting entity to private sector.Increase jobs and income for Wyoming residents through this projectEvaluate nutrient characteristics of first grainsEvaluate consumer perception of sensory characteristics of first-grainsProvide science-based nutritional education on first-grains nutritional content

Wyoming Fresh Herb Production Completion Report
Project Director:  C. Seals
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Wyoming Native vs. Commercial Wildflower Seed Mixes for Potential Agriculture, Landscaping, and Reclamation Applications
Project Director:  Brian Sebade
Year: 2017
Department: UW Extension
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Wyoming production of locally bred winter pea to integrate crop and livestock production
Project Director:  Anowar Islam
Year: 2015
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2, 3, 5, 6, 9,   II:7, 9  
Wyoming Restoration Challenge Focuses on Restoring Weed-Infested Pastures
Project Director:  B. A. Mealor
Year: 2016
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3, 4,   IX:2, 3, 4, 5,   XII:1  
Wyoming Restoration Challenge: Cheatgrass, a Scientific and Social Demonstration Project
Project Director:  Brian Mealor
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: SAREC
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   III:3, 5, 7,   VI:3, 4,   IX:2, 3, 4, 5,   XII:1  
Year-round greenhouse and high tunnel specialty cut flower production
Project Director:  Karen Panter
Year: 2018
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:1  
Yield and Stomatal Conductance Response of Experimental Dry Bean Genotypes to Drought under Greenhouse Conditions
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Laramie
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
Yield in 36 Dry Bean Genotypes and its Correlations with Agronomic Traits
Project Director:  Jim Heitholt
Year: 2017
Department: Plant Sciences
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I   II  
Yield Response of Confection Sunflower to Delaying the Onset of Irrigation
Project Director:  V.R. Joshi
Year: 2015
Center: Powell
Source: Field Days Bulletin
Status: Active
PARP:   I:2,   IV:4  
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