MSU Center for Water Sciences

CWS at Work

CWS and its many faculty members work on water issues around the world. Here are a few highlights of recent work from 2015:

Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn
What impact will growing crops for biofuels have on water? CWS faculty member Steve Hamilton leads the first multi-year effort to compare the water use of conventional corn crops to the perennial cropping systems of switchgrass, miscanthus, native grasses, restored prairies and hybrid poplar trees.

Tracking viral parasites that cruise our waterways
For the first time, a map of fecal viruses traveling our global waterways has been created using modeling methods to aid in assessing water quality worldwide. CWS co-director Joan Rose led the effort.

Quenching the thirst for clean, safe water
CWS researchers are looking to fill the critical need to provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the world with a new foam water filter that significantly reduces dangerous pathogens in drinking water.

MSU launches Water Science Network
Michigan State University after creating the Center for Water Sciences six years ago has continued it’s investment by establishing the MSU Water Science Network (WSN), a collaboration focused on the continued advancement of ground-breaking science to address the most important water problems facing our world today.

Spreading the seeds of big data
Through a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, MSU will lead a team of scientists to develop big-data approaches to better manage water and fertilizers and to adapt to changes brought on by climate variability.

MSU partners with UN to defend inland fisheries
A memorandum of understanding between Michigan State University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations calls for close cooperation in elevating the profile of inland fisheries in global policies and planning.



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