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Survival gardening education goes global via cellphones

Animated videos teach “survival gardening.” From left: Carl Burkybile, agricultural director of Healing Hands International, worked with entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, animator Benjamin Blalock, Center for African Studies assistant director Julia Bello-Bravo and animator Anna Perez Sabater to develop the videos, which HHI distributes around the world.

Long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts plant-microbe mutualisms

University of Illinois plant biology professor Katy Heath and her colleagues found that long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and soil microbes.

Animated videos bring Ebola education to West Africa

Working with international collaborators, Scientific Animations Without Borders created an Ebola prevention video that is now being distributed in Sierra Leone. Pictured, clockwise, from back left: Enrique Rebolledo, the program coordinator for the Sierra Leone/YMCA Partnership; U. of I. entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh; U. of I. YMCA communications director Megan Flowers; SAWBO staffer Anna Pérez Sabater; and Julia Bello-Bravo, the assistant director of the Center for African Studies.

Entomology professor May Berenbaum receives National Medal of Science

Entomology professor May Berenbaum received a National Medal of Science award from President Obama at a White House ceremony Nov. 20.