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$1.3 Million Grant Awarded to UMD Researcher to Develop Precision Breeding Techniques in Livestock

AGNR - Tue, 2018-07-17 15:15
College Park, MD —The University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop new cutting-edge precision breeding technologies for livestock, specifically focusing on cattle and goats. Dr. Bhanu...
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UMD Researchers Identify Genetic Mechanisms to Control Cancer-Like Growths in Mouse-ear Cress Plants with Links to Animal and Human Cells

AGNR - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:52
UMD researchers have identified genetic mechanisms to control cancer-like growths in the plant Arabidopsis, commonly known as mouse-ear cress. The cancer-like tumors as a result of a mutated gene in the plant cause the formation of abnormal flowers and sterility, and the cell cycle complexes...
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UMD Food Scientist Guides High School Student Team Towards Revelatory Findings in Women’s Health

AGNR - Fri, 2018-05-25 09:31
College Park, MD -- In an effort to sustain and educate the next generation of food safety experts in the United States, Dr. Bob Buchanan of the University of Maryland has served as a scientific mentor to a pair of academically accelerated high school students who are challenging the current food...
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UMD Takes Second Place in National EPA Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for Innovative Design of Green Infrastructure on Campus

AGNR - Wed, 2018-05-23 09:58
UMD students and faculty took second place in the Master Plan Category of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) sixth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge , a national competition that engages college students as the next generation of environmental professionals to design innovative...
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Teabow Farms, Inc. to Host Breakfast on the Farm Alongside University of Maryland Extension and the Dept. of Animal and Avian Sciences

AGNR - Wed, 2018-05-23 09:36
WALKERSVILLE, MD ‒ The public is invited to learn about the importance of local agriculture and the journey of food from the farm to the table at the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and Department of Animal and Avian Sciences’ first-ever Breakfast on the Farm event, hosted by Teabow Farms at...
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Meet Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the College Spring 2018 Commencement Speaker

AGNR - Wed, 2018-05-16 09:28
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hold its Spring 2018 Commencement on Saturday May 19th at 3:00 pm in the Reckford Armory building. This year, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young of the United States Department of Agriculture will be speaking as a leader of Research, Education, and...
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ROOTS Africa Students and Faculty Head to Liberia to Inspire Agricultural and Economic Growth

AGNR - Mon, 2018-05-14 12:51
ROOTS Africa, a student-led organization with the goal to fight poverty and hunger in rural Africa through innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable agricultural practices, traveled to Liberia over spring break to implement training and educational programs they have been organizing since last...
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UMD Researcher Discovers Mechanisms and Epigenetic Markers with Implications for Diseases Ranging from Cancers to Infertility

AGNR - Mon, 2018-04-30 11:36
A UMD researcher has uncovered new mechanisms that dictate the development of germline stem cells or germ cells, the only cell type capable of passing genetic information on to the next generation. Stem cell research is on the foreground of new knowledge for fighting disease, and mechanisms in this...
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Environmental Science and Technology Professor Invents New Tool Used to Classify and Assess Wetlands

AGNR - Tue, 2018-04-24 13:07
A UMD researcher, Dr. Martin Rabenhorst of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, has invented a new method for measuring the quality of wetland soils which is easier to use, more accurate, and more environmentally friendly. The new method eliminates problems by using reusable...
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UMD Students Win Big at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) National Conference

AGNR - Mon, 2018-04-16 10:36
Adeola Adeoye, a senior Nutrition major, took first place in the competitive research poster competition earlier this month at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences ( MANRRS ) 33rd Annual Career Fair and Training Conference. This national conference is designed to...
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A Breakthrough in Aiding Diabetes Patients Through Development of First-of-its-Kind Pig Research Model

AGNR - Wed, 2018-04-04 15:02
College Park, MD -- Diabetes is a ‘new-age’ epidemic with ever-increasing rates of disease and death across the globe. Diabetes manifests as a loss of insulin production and/or secretion and an inability to regulate glucose levels in the blood. Currently, an emerging trend in the diabetic field is...
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UMD Researcher Uncovers Protein Used to Outsmart the Human Immune System

AGNR - Mon, 2018-04-02 15:04
A UMD researcher has uncovered a mechanism by which the bacteria that causes Lyme disease persists in the body and fights your early, innate immune responses. Dr. Utpal Pal, Professor in Veterinary Medicine, has been studying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria throughout his twelve years with UMD,...
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Forty Years of Data Quantifies Benefits of Bt Corn Adoption Across a Wide Variety of Crops for the First Time

AGNR - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:41
UMD researchers have pulled together forty years of data to quantify the effects of Bt corn, a highly marketed and successful genetically modified corn variety, in a novel and large-scale study. Other studies have demonstrated the benefits of Bt corn adoption on pest management for pests like the...
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Tracing the Origins of the Colorado Potato Beetle

AGNR - Wed, 2018-02-28 09:24
A UMD researcher has traced the origin of pest populations of the Colorado potato beetle, by far the most important insect for the potato industry in Maryland, back to the Plains states, dispelling theories that the beetle came from Mexican or other divergent populations. Little was previously...
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UMD Students and Alumni Work Together to Bring the Latest Agricultural Research and Technology to Rural Africa

AGNR - Thu, 2018-02-22 11:29
With emerging issues like a changing climate affecting irrigation needs and weather patterns, greater pest resistance, economic hardship, and food safety concerns, focusing on agriculture and the path to a sustainable and healthy food supply for all parts of the world is critical. To this end,...
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UMD Assistant Professor Reinvigorates an Underused Community Garden in Her Own Neighborhood by Transforming it into a Community Farm and Event Space

AGNR - Wed, 2018-01-31 14:22
University of Maryland’s Dr. Katherine Tully, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, moved to Washington, DC in 2014 and rented a house overlooking the Columbia Heights Green , a community garden...
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UMD Researchers Find Gene that May Greatly Increase Strawberry Production

AGNR - Mon, 2018-01-22 12:31
UMD researchers have identified and isolated a gene that is directly linked to the strawberry production process. With the ability to turn this gene on and off to produce runners (a long horizontal stem ideal for producing young strawberry plants for sale) or flowers (ideal to produce fruit) and a...
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Applying Agricultural Practices to the Port of Baltimore

AGNR - Wed, 2017-12-20 12:23
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is serving the state and partnering with the Maryland Department of Transportation Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation to pilot innovative sustainable technology with the...
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The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Launches the New FoodRisk.org as a Leading Resource for the International Food Safety Community

AGNR - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:29
College Park, MD -- The University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) launched the redesigned FoodRisk.org earlier this month, featuring exclusive tools and datasets with the goal to advance food safety and public health nationally and internationally...
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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Announces Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Iqbal Hamza as a 2017 Fellow

AGNR - Wed, 2017-11-22 13:13
Dr. Iqbal Hamza of the University of Maryland has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Dr. Hamza was elected for groundbreaking discoveries and distinguished...
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