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BEE Asst. Prof. Ludmilla Aristilde receives nearly half a million dollar INFEWS Award

Jul 31, 2017
The INFEWS (Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems) interagency initiative seeks to promote "well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding" towards determining "how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services."
The project, funded by the Environmental Chemical Sciences Program in the NSF Division of Chemistry, will support Principal Investigator Ludmilla Aristilde (Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University) in collaboration Co-Principal Investigator (Plant and Soil Sciences, U. of Delaware) for a total of nearly half a million dollars. The proposed research addresses a long-standing knowledge gap in the environmental mapping of phosphorus species and their fate in soils and waters.
Phosphorus, a required macronutrient for plants, is an essential component of fertilizers but its excess runoff from agricultural lands is considered a pollutant that contributes to the bloom of harmful algae. Inorganic phosphorus is the form required by plants, which subsequently produce the organic phosphorus required by animals and humans. The recycled transformation of organic phosphorus wastes back to inorganic phosphorus is poorly understood.  This project applies a multidisciplinary approach that combines tools from molecular biology, analytical chemistry, and computational modeling. The research findings will shed light on how biogeochemical factors control enzyme-mediated generation of inorganic phosphorus from organic phosphorus assemblages. 
Outreach activities are aimed at increasing public literacy, from middle school students to farmers in New York and Delaware, and informing nutrient and fertilizer management on agricultural lands.
The official title of the proposal is: Collaborative Proposal: INFEWS N/P/H2O: Supramolecular Recognition in the Biocatalytic Transformation of Organic Phosphorus-Containing Environmental Matrices. The following are the NSF links: PI Aristilde (; Co-PI Jaisi (
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Jul 24, 2017
BEE has a great showing at the annual meeting for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in Spokane WA, July 16-19, 2017. Read more

BEE PhD candidate James Knighton awarded the American Geophysicial Union (AGU) Horton Research Grant

Jun 21, 2017
BEE PhD candidate James Knighton was awarded the American Geophysicial Union (AGU) Horton Research Grant, which is perhaps the highest recognition graduate students in hydrology can receive in the US.  James will be recognized at the AGU Fall Meeting where he receive a one-year grant to cover research costs and related travel expenses.
Congrats James!

C. Lindsay Anderson Receives Tenure

Jun 21, 2017
Congratulations to C. Lindsay Anderson who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University effective July 1, 2017.