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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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The Institute of Applied Agriculture Coaches Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter Students to the Top

AGNR - Tue, 2016-12-13 13:09
College Park, Md. – Less than a month after establishing the first Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter at the University of Maryland, students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources competed in the Collegiate Discussion Meet held Dec. 4, 2016 during the 101st Maryland Farm Bureau Annual...
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University of Maryland Researcher Advocates For Precaution and Governance of Emerging Technologies

AGNR - Wed, 2016-11-30 13:48
College Park, MD -- In the wake of her contribution to a 2016 report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) on gene drive research, Lisa Taneyhill, Ph.D., is again on the national stage as an advocate for precaution and governance of emerging technologies utilizing...
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Extension Launches New Research-Based Initiative for UMD Grown Hops

AGNR - Thu, 2016-11-17 17:16
Mt Airy, MD. -- University of Maryland Extension had a very proud moment on Wednesday night as its first ever hop trials were featured in a limited edition rye pale ale, brewed by Milkhouse Brewery, Maryland's first farm brewery located on the outskirts of Frederick. In the words of Tom Barse,...
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Sam Owings - Making Positive Use of Storm Water

AGNR - Mon, 2016-11-14 16:52
A full-time farmer, nonprofit creator, and environmental program developer are just some descriptors of Sam Owings, a speaker at the November 18 Agriculture and Environmental Law conference. Owings grew up on a family farm where he began working at the age of 13 for $5 a week. “We grew grain,...
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University of Maryland Plant Scientist Identifies Gene to Combat Crippling Wheat Disease

AGNR - Wed, 2016-11-09 13:48
College Park, MD -- A major breakthrough in the cloning of a resistance gene to eliminate wheat scab -- a widespread disease responsible for drastic reductions in crop yield as well as millions of dollars in annual losses worldwide -- has been achieved by Nidhi Rawat, an assistant professor within...
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University of Maryland Highlights Agricultural Legal Issues at 2nd Annual Conference

AGNR - Mon, 2016-11-07 10:57
Annapolis, MD -- Following the sold-out inaugural event, the University of Maryland’s Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) will host its second Ag and Environmental Law Conference, Friday, November 18. Tied firmly to the Land-grant mission of UMD to provide research and best practices for...
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University of Maryland Researcher Discovers Solar Heat Island Effect Caused by Large-Scale Solar Power Plants

AGNR - Tue, 2016-11-01 14:01
College Park, MD -- Mitchell A. Pavao-Zuckerman , an assistant professor from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has concluded through empirical research that large-scale solar power plants raise local temperatures, creating a solar heat island effect, similar...
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University of Maryland Professor Honored as 2016 American Fisheries Fellow

AGNR - Mon, 2016-10-24 12:21
College Park, MD -- Professor Reggie Harrell of the University of Maryland has been named a 2016 American Fisheries Fellow, a prestigious yearly recognition bestowed upon an elite group of members. His contributions to the AFS include, but are not limited to, efforts in leadership, research,...
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