From: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Published October 12, 2017 11:16 AM

Establishing interdisciplinary approaches to agriculture and fundamental biological processes

From optimizing food production to feed a growing population to discovering the fundamental behaviors and processes of biopolymers, faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) are leveraging the interdisciplinary nature of the department to establish two new, innovative projects.

H.M. King Bhumibol Professor Dennis McLaughlin, a hydrologist, and Mitsui Chair Professor Serguei Saavedra, a network and community ecologist, are working together to examine the impact of resource allocation and community ecology on crop productivity and resilience. Additionally, assistant professors Tal Cohen and Otto X. Cordero are joining forces in an effort to discover the relationship between the physical and biological processes that underlie how biopolymers are consumed by bacteria.

The projects are funded by CEE’s Cross-Disciplinary Seed Funds, which invites CEE faculty from differing disciplines to apply for funding to support the creation of research projects.

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Photo: One of the newly launched research projects from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and funded by the CEE Seed Fund awards, seeks to examine the impact of resource allocation and community ecology on crop productivity and resilience in Hawaii.

Photo Credit: TREX 2017 participants

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