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  • Larval mosquito management and risk to aquatic ecosystems: A comparative approach including current tactics and gene-drive Anopheles techniques 

    Peterson, Robert K. D.; Rolston, Marni G. (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2022-08)
    Genetic engineering of mosquitoes represents a promising tactic for reducing human suffering from malaria. Gene-drive techniques being developed that suppress or modify populations of Anopheles gambiae have the potential ...
  • Assessing performance of empirical models for forecasting crop responses to variable fertilizer rates using on-farm precision experimentation 

    Hegedus, Paul B.; Maxwell, Bruce D.; Mieno, Taro (Springer Nature, 2022-10)
    Data-driven decision making in agriculture can be augmented by utilizing the data gathered from precision agriculture technologies to make the most informed decisions that consider spatiotemporal specificity. Decision ...
  • A hydro-economic analysis of end-of-century climate projections on agricultural land and water use, production, and revenues in the U.S. Northern Rockies and Great Plains 

    Lauffenburger, Zachary H.; Maneta, Marco P.; Cobourn, Kelly M.; Jencso, Kelsey; Chaffin, Brian; Crockett, Anna; Maxwell, Bruce; Kimball, John S. (Elsevier BV, 2022-08)
    Study region,Montana, U.S.A. Study focus Creating adaptation plans for projected imbalances in the western U.S. agricultural water demand-supply system are difficult given uncertainty in climate projections. It is critical ...
  • Do patterns of insect mortality in temperate and tropical zones have broader implications for insect ecology and pest management? 

    Pinto, José R. L.; Fernandes, Odair A.; Higley, Leon G.; Peterson, Robert K. D. (PeerJ, 2022-04)
    Background Understanding how biotic and abiotic factors affect insect mortality is crucial for both fundamental knowledge of population ecology and for successful pest management. However, because these factors are difficult ...
  • The Embryological Landscape of Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome: Genetics and Environmental Factors 

    Kyei-Barffour, Isaac; Margetts, Miranda; Vash-Margita, Alla; Pelosi, Emanuele (Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 2021-12)
    Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a disorder caused by Müllerian ducts dysgenesis affecting 1 in 5000 women with a typical 46,XX karyotype. The etiology of MRKH syndrome is complex and largely unexplained. ...
  • Multiple UAV Flights across the Growing Season Can Characterize Fine Scale Phenological Heterogeneity within and among Vegetation Functional Groups 

    Wood, David J. A.; Preston, Todd M.; Powell, Scott; Stoy, Paul C. (MDPI AG, 2022-03)
    Grasslands and shrublands exhibit pronounced spatial and temporal variability in structure and function with differences in phenology that can be difficult to observe. Unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) can measure vegetation ...
  • Noxious Weed Views and Behaviors in Montana after 25 Years of Public Education 

    Mangold, Jane M.; Frame-Martin, Shantell A.; Raile, Eric D. (Cambridge University Press, 2021-12)
    In 1994, a general population survey was conducted to evaluate Montanans’ knowledge about noxious weeds, and results from that survey launched an ongoing statewide education campaign. In 2019, we conducted another general ...
  • Precision Agroecology 

    Duff, Hannah; Hegedus, Paul B.; Loewen, Sasha; Bass, Thomas; Maxwell, Bruce D. (MDPI AG, 2021-12)
    In response to global calls for sustainable food production, we identify two diverging paradigms to address the future of agriculture. We explore the possibility of uniting these two seemingly diverging paradigms of ...
  • On-Farm Experimentation to transform global agriculture 

    Lacoste, Myrtille; Cook, Simon; McNee, Matthew; Gale, Danielle; Ingram, Julie; Bellon-Maurel, Véronique; MacMillan, Tom; Sylvester-Bradley, Roger; Kindred, Daniel; Bramley, Rob; Tremblay, Nicolas; Nicolas, Louis; Thompson, Laura; Ruiz, Julie; Oscar García, Fernando; Maxwell, Bruce; Griffin, Terry; Oberthür, Thomas; Huyghe, Christian; Zhang, Weifeng; McNamara, John; Hall, Andrew (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021-12)
    Restructuring farmer–researcher relationships and addressing complexity and uncertainty through joint exploration are at the heart of On-Farm Experimentation (OFE). OFE describes new approaches to agricultural research and ...
  • Indaziflam controls non-native annual mustards but negatively affects native forbs in sagebrush steppe 

    Meyer-Morey, Jordan; Lavin, Matthew; Mangold, Jane; Zabinski, Catherine; Rew, Lisa J. (Cambridge University Press, 2021-10)
    Nonnative plant invasions can have devastating effects on native plant communities; conversely, management efforts can have nontarget and deleterious impacts on desirable plants. In the arid sagebrush steppe rangelands of ...
  • Stability analysis of stem solidness, grain yield, and grain protein concentration in spring wheat 

    Subedi, Maya; Cárcamo, Héctor A.; Knodel, Janet J.; Weaver, David K.; Cuthbert, Richard D.; Pozniak, Curtis J.; Nilsen, Kirby T.; Beres, Brian L. (Canadian Science Publishing, 2021-08)
    The wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: Cephidae), is a major pest of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the northern Great Plains, where it is a constant threat in Montana and is resurging in Alberta, ...
  • Farming system effects on biologically mediated plant–soil feedbacks 

    Menalled, Uriel D.; Seipel, Tim; Menalled, Fabian D. (Cambridge University Press, 2020-01)
    Cropping system characteristics such as tillage intensity, crop identity, crop-livestock integration and the application of off-farm synthetic inputs influence weed abundance, plant community composition and crop-weed ...
  • Risk Assessment for the Establishment of Vespa mandarinia (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in the Pacific Northwest, United States 

    Norderud, Erik D; Powell, Scott L; Peterson, Robert K D (Oxford University Press, 2021-07)
    The recent introduction of the Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia Smith, in the United States in late 2019 has raised concerns about its establishment in the Pacific Northwest and its potential deleterious effects on ...
  • Stream Dissolved Organic Matter in Permafrost Regions Shows Surprising Compositional Similarities but Negative Priming and Nutrient Effects 

    Wologo, Ethan; Shakil, Sarah; Zolkos, Scott; Textor, Sadie; Ewing, Stephanie; Klassen, Jane; Spencer, Robert G. M.; Podgorski, David C.; Tank, Suzanne E.; Baker, Michelle A.; O'Donnell, Jonathan A.; Wickland, Kimberly P.; Foks, Sydney S. W.; Zarnetske, Jay P; Lee‐Cullin, Joseph; Liu, Futing; Yang, Yuanhe; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Kolehmainen, Jaana; Dean, Joshua F.; Vonk, Jorien E.; Holmes, Robert M.; Pinay, Gilles; Powell, Michaela M.; Howe, Jansen; Frei, Rebecca J.; Bratsman, Samuel P.; Abbott, Benjamin W. (American Geophysical Union, 2021-01)
    Permafrost degradation is delivering bioavailable dissolved organic matter (DOM) and inorganic nutrients to surface water networks. While these permafrost subsidies represent a small portion of total fluvial DOM and nutrient ...
  • Using Remote Sensing and Machine Learning to Locate Groundwater Discharge to Salmon-Bearing Streams 

    Gerlach, Mary E.; Rains, Kai C.; Guerrón-Orejuela, Edgar J.; Kleindl, William J.; Downs, Joni; Landry, Shawn M.; Rains, Mark C. (MDPI AG, 2021-12)
    We hypothesized topographic features alone could be used to locate groundwater discharge, but only where diagnostic topographic signatures could first be identified through the use of limited field observations and geologic ...
  • Weed-Suppressive Bacteria Fail to Control Bromus tectorum Under Field Conditions 

    Reinhart, Kurt O.; Carlson, Chris H.; Feris, Kevin P.; Germino, Matthew J.; Jandreau, Clancy J.; Lazarus, Brynne E.; Mangold, Jane; Pellatz, Dave W.; Ramsey, Philip; Rinella, Matthew J.; Valliant, Morgan (Elsevier BV, 2020-11)
    The exotic winter annual grass Bromus tectorum L. (downy brome or cheatgrass) infests millions of hectares of western rangelands. Weed-suppressive bacteria (ACK55 and D7 strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens Migula 1895) have ...
  • Planting date and seeding rate of field pea in the semi‐arid high plains of Nebraska 

    Koeshall, Samuel T.; Easterly, Amanda C.; Werle, Rodrigo; Stepanovic, Strahinja V.; Creech, Cody F. (Wiley, 2020-11)
    Results from initial experiments in western Nebraska suggest that opportunity exists to decrease seeding rates of pea (Pisum sativum L.) to optimize yield while maintaining partial net return. Refined planting recommendations, ...
  • Registration of ‘Bobcat’ hard red winter wheat 

    Bruckner, P. L.; Berg, J. E.; Lamb, P. F.; Kephart, K. D.; Eberly, J. O.; Miller, J. H.; Chen, C.; Torrion, J. A.; Pradhan, G. P.; Ramsfield, R.; Nash, D. L.; Holen, D. L.; Cook, J. P.; Gale, S.; Jin, Y.; Kolmer, J.; Chen, X.; Bai, G. (Wiley, 2020-06)
    ‘Bobcat’ (Reg. no. CV-1161, PI 693235) hard red winter (HRW) wheat (TriticumaestivumL.) was developed and released by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station in September 2019. Bobcat is of unknown pedigree, derived ...
  • Registration of ‘Bobcat’ hard red winter wheat 

    Bruckner, P. L.; Berg, J. E.; Lamb, P. F.; Kephart, K. D.; Eberly, J. O.; Miller, J. H.; Chen, C.; Torrion, J. A.; Pradhan, G. P.; Ramsfield, R.; Nash, D. L.; Holen, D. L.; Cook, J. P.; Gale, S.; Jin, Y.; Kolmer, J.; Chen, X.; Bai, G. (Wiley, 2020-06)
    ‘Flathead’ (Reg. no. CV-1164, PI 693237) hard red winter (HRW) wheat (TriticumaestivumL.) was developed and released by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station in 2019. Flathead was derived from a composite of two very ...
  • Registration of ‘StandClear CLP’ hard red winter wheat 

    Berg, J. E.; Kephart, K. D.; Lamb, P. F.; Davis, E. S.; Eberly, J. O.; Miller, J. H.; Chen, C.; Pradhan, G. P.; Torrion, J. A.; Ramsfield, R.; Smith, V.; Nash, D. L.; Holen, D. L.; Cook, J. P.; Gale, S.; Jin, Y.; Chen, X.; Bruckner, P.L. (Wiley, 2020-06)
    ‘StandClear CLP’ (Reg. no. CV-1162, PI 693236) hard red winter (HRW) wheat(Triticum aestivumL.) was developed and released by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and exclusively licensed to Loveland Products, Inc., ...

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