An interdisciplinary response to food security and ecosystem health

Recent Events

MnDrive Project Stakeholder Meeting – March 4

SBC, in partnership with InSTePP, convened a meeting of key stakeholders to discuss the possibilities for public-private partnerships to support the MnDRIVE project – Repositioning Minnesota's Crop Sciences. The PROGRAM included presentations by the project researchers and a discussion based on questions provided to the participants.

Wheat Rust Surveillance and Warning Launch Meeting – February 18-24

SBC, in partnership with the USDA Cereal Disease Lab and CIMMYT, hosted a week long meeting for project planning of the Wheat Rust Surveillance and Warning component of the larger USAID-funded "Seed multiplication and delivery of high yielding rust resistant bread and durum wheat varieties to Ethiopian farmers" project. Participants came from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), CIMMYT, USDA-ARS, and USAID. The PROGRAM included planning meetings, a special seminar series, tours, and meetings with University administrators, researchers, and extension.

Oat Rust Forum 2015 – February 17-18

An Oat Rust Forum with key representatives from the oat research and stakeholder community was convened by the SBC to develop a strategy for a community-wide approach for managing oat resistance to rust (crown and stem), and to set clear direction for funding agencies on how this effort should be supported. Participants came from the US (Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Louisiana), Canada, and Australia, and represented academia, government, industry, and commodity groups. The North American Millers Association, PepsiCo, and USDA/ARS provided support for this event. The PROGRAM included presentations from many of the participants and facilitated discussions.


CFANS Undergraduate Plant Science Major - Focus on Sustainable Plant Health

  • CFANS undergraduate students majoring in Plant Science can choose a focus on 'Sustainable Plant Health', where they can study the needs of plants in relation to nutrients, pathogens, and insects.
  • See the 'Sustainable Plant Health Focus - Sample Plan of Study' (.pdf)
  • A Sustainable Plant Health Focus will lead to exciting job opportunities in the public and private sectors, and builds a strong base for graduate study in food, agricultural, or natural resource science fields.

Check out these new courses:

  • CFAN 3333 'Insects, Microbes, and Plants'
    (3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, every year)
    Fundamental concepts of ecology/evolution to address challenges in managing insects/microbes. Grapple with real problems/debate current controversies.

  • HSEM 2628H "Science Fiction and Biology"
    (2.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-[Fr or soph] honors student; A-F only, fall, offered periodically)
    This course will be offered for the first time in Spring Semester 2016. This class leverages student interest in science fiction films as the tarting point for discussion about the fundamentals of biology.

Learn more about 'Sustainability Education' at the University of Minnesota.

Summer Training on Cereal Rusts

The SBC offers a 6-week summer training program on cereal rust diseases. View the course description Cereal Rusts Training Program (.pdf).

Related Activities

CFANS International Agriculture Showcase
August 8, 2014

researchers in the field

The Stakman Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health was ‘rolled-out’ during this two-hour event highlighting UMN capacity to respond to global threats to food security. The CFANS International Agriculture Showcase was attended by ~100 people, including CFANS faculty, students, and alumni, UMN leadership, USDA-ARS, USAID, MN Department of Agriculture, and Industry representatives.

Watch the recorded program to learn more!

Saving Wheat – Rusts Never Sleeps


See how the University of Minnesota is part of the global community that is responding to threats to food security in this powerful documentary film, produced by Twin Cities Public Television and the University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology.

“Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.”
-Norman Borlaug

Stakman Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health