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Nancy K. Nunn Named Assistant Director of Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

AGNR - Mon, 2017-09-18 14:30
Queenstown, MD – Nancy K. Nunn, long-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology has been named Assistant Director after a nationwide search. “Nancy Nunn is the right person to move the Hughes Center to the next level,” said Executive Director...
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Combating Lyme Disease in Maryland

AGNR - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:12
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to improving human health and well-being locally, nationally, and internationally. With Lyme disease becoming an increasingly concerning problem around the state of Maryland, the Department of Environmental Science and Technology is...
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Food Security and Climate Change

AGNR - Mon, 2017-07-31 12:57
Food security and climate change are two very dire issues confronting the world today, especially given that so many people still live in rural areas where their livelihoods depend on agriculture. The United Nations recently set a Sustainable Development Goal to end all forms of hunger and...
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Flying Dog Brewery and University of Maryland Partner on Hops Production Initiative

AGNR - Wed, 2017-07-19 15:11
Maryland’s largest brewery and the University of Maryland (UMD) are committed to developing the highest quality ingredients for Maryland beer. Flying Dog has engaged with UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in a partnership that will allow them to work side-by-side on the future of...
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Improving Food Safety and Security in Rural Uganda

AGNR - Wed, 2017-07-05 14:41
Lwemiyaga area, Uganda -- AGNR is committed to fighting hunger and food insecurity in underdeveloped areas around the world, striving to improve health and quality of life for those in need. To this end, UMD Extension faculty Dave Myers and Chuck Schuster traveled to the Lwemiyaga area in south-...
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Mosquito-killing Fungi Engineered with Spider and Scorpion Toxins Could Help Fight Malaria

AGNR - Wed, 2017-06-14 11:34
College Park, MD - Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In some of the hardest-hit areas in sub-Saharan Africa, the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite have become resistant to traditional chemical insecticides, complicating...
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Students Shine at College's Inaugural Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

AGNR - Mon, 2017-06-12 14:24
College Park, MD -- Earlier this Spring, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted its first-ever Ag Innovation to Commercialization (AgI2C) Undergraduate Competition , which drew an impressive 20 entrants with a variety of business ideas designed to address some of our world’s most...
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UMD-Led Research in Bloodless Worms Reveals How Organs Communicate their Status of Life-Giving Heme

AGNR - Tue, 2017-06-06 14:31
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Scientists at the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified for the first time a signaling system by which organs within an animal can communicate their need for heme, an iron-containing ring required for oxygen transport and many other...
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Nation's Beekeepers Lost 33 Percent of Bees in 2016-17

AGNR - Thu, 2017-05-25 12:48
College Park, MD -- Beekeepers across the United States lost 33 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2016 to April 2017, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss—and consequently, total annual...
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University of Maryland Scientists Unveil First-Ever Study of Urbanization Impact on Soils in Multiple Cities

AGNR - Thu, 2017-05-11 13:49
College Park, MD -- Urban soils provide extensive ecosystem services that properly regulate the surrounding environment for all living organisms. Nutrient management, water purification, and plant growth are on the short list, but can become compromised by urbanization. To understand the deeper...
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University of Maryland Students Win National Soil Judging Championship

AGNR - Wed, 2017-05-03 09:04
College Park, MD -- On April 27 and 28, a team from UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources took first place in the 57th National Soils Competition hosted by the Northern Illinois University, where contestants from twenty four universities from seven regions around the country inspected...
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University of Maryland Students Win 2nd Place in National EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

AGNR - Fri, 2017-04-21 09:28
College Park, MD -- For the third consecutive year, a University of Maryland team takes home high ho nors in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. The 2016 finish punctuates a remarkable multi-year showing in the national competition where student...
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University of Maryland Investigates Resistance to Glyphosate (Roundup) on Weeds in Major Crop Systems

AGNR - Wed, 2017-04-12 10:58
College Park, MD -- Glyphosate, or “Roundup” as it is labeled commercially is used extensively to combat weeds in corn, soybean and cotton cropping systems. Widespread use has led to a growing number of glyphosate resistant weeds, which has a major impact on food and feed production, with estimates...
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International Stardom and Ivy League Graduate Path for 2+2 Student

AGNR - Thu, 2017-04-06 12:48
Ray An was a star student at China Agricultural University (CAU) – not just with his grades, but as a “star” on a popular Chinese television show, “Genius Knows.” The show features students from China’s top universities as they go head-to-head in a quiz format. Ray’s appearances earned him a large...
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University of Maryland Develops Model to Prevent E. coli Outbreaks in Leafy Greens

AGNR - Thu, 2017-03-23 10:53
College Park, MD -- It is widely recommended that adults and children eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to round out a healthy and nutritious diet. Leafy vegetable consumption poses a unique problem in that they are generally consumed raw, which increases the risk of transmitting foodborne...
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Celebrating Women in Agriculture - Women's History Month

AGNR - Wed, 2017-03-15 11:55
This March, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources celebrates Women's History Month by paying tribute to several of our women faculty who are making exceptional strides in their research and for their stellar reputation as educators and mentors for our students and state residents. We...
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University of Maryland Develops New CRISPR-Cpf1 Gene Editing System for Plants

AGNR - Mon, 2017-02-27 11:13
College Park, MD -- Yiping Qi, an assistant professor from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has developed an upgrade to gene editing technology in plants. This new model is based on the CRISPR-Cpf1, a newer addition to the CRISPR system, which was named as “...
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College Partners with NIFA to Protect our Nation’s Agriculture Enterprise

AGNR - Tue, 2017-02-21 15:08
College Park, MD -- This past week, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted a diverse group of representatives from federal, university, commodity groups and regulatory organizations to have a conversation on the tactical sciences for the protection of the US agriculture enterprise...
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Dean Beyrouty's Response to President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

AGNR - Wed, 2017-02-01 10:50
Dear Colleagues and Students, On behalf of The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources I wish to express my concern in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on the banning of travelers from seven mostly-Muslim-majority countries. As dean of the college, perhaps my most important...
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University of Maryland Unlocks Mystery of Increased Corn Earworm Damage to Genetically Engineered Sweet Corn

AGNR - Mon, 2017-01-09 10:52
College Park, MD -- Corn crops engineered with genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) express specific proteins called Cry proteins, which have been a major combatant against damage from agricultural insect pests. In 2015, 81% of all corn planted was genetically engineered with Bt...
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