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— UW-Madison spinoff AmebaGone is trying to help organic apple and pear growers by preventing the destruction of their crops.

The company, founded in 2014 by UW-Madison bacteriology professor Marcin Filutowicz, has broader goals of helping find a better alternative to human antibiotics, as diseases are becoming increasingly resistant. But for now, it’s starting on treating the fire blight disease in apples and pear trees, which has in recent years become a major concern to organic growers.

The disease, caused by the bacteria Erwinia amylovora, can destroy millions of dollars of crop when an outbreak occurs. And until recently, organic growers relied on antibiotic treatments to prevent fire blight — a practice banned by the federal government in 2014.

AmebaGone is currently testing a new treatment that would help those organic growers, who face the choice of losing part of their crop to the disease or forfeiting their organic certification.

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— The state Building Commission has approved UW-Stout, health and military projects across the state.

Among the approvals this week was commission OK on releasing money for design work on the Bowman Hall project at UW-Stout.

Health-related projects advanced by the commission include facility upgrades at Winnebago Mental Health Institute, Mendota Mental Health Institute, and Central Wisconsin Center.

Also approved were maintenance and repair projects at various Military Affairs facilities located across the state and paid for with federal funds, making improvements at Fort McCoy, Hartford, Medford, Oshkosh, and Wausau.

–Johnson Controls has announced two multi-year research projects at the UW-Madison aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency of start-stop and next-generation battery-electric vehicles.

The projects will be funded by Johnson Controls, which includes a Fellows gift of $500,000. UW-Madison graduate students Jacob Dubie and Kevin Frankforter, the first recipients of Johnson Controls Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, will carry out the projects.

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