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Hughes Center welcomes new board members, honors outgoing members - Oct 19, 2018
From left are Assistant Director Nancy Nunn, new board members Terron Hillsman, Isabel Hardesty, Senator Addie Eckardt, Ed Heikes and Ernie Shea, and Executive Director Suzanne Dorsey. New board member not pictured: Steven Jones.QUEENSTOWN — The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology recently...
Workshops teach how to draft farm leases to include conservation - Oct 17, 2018
The University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative and the Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology will host a series of workshops this winter to address conservation practices on leased farmland.QUEENSTOWN — Agricultural service providers, farmers, and landowners interested in learning about...
Finding Alternatives to Antibiotics: Harnessing Viruses to Fight Bacteria in Dairy Cows - Oct 5, 2018
A virus might not seem like the most effective way to fight an infection to most people, but as UMD Associate Professor Daniel Nelson explains, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” With UMD Assistant Professor Kasey Moyes of Animal and Avian Sciences as principal investigator, Nelson of Veterinary...
UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Launches Initiative to Combat World Hunger and Food Insecurity - Sep 27, 2018
Dr. Gebisa EjetaCOLLEGE PARK ‒ The University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) is working at the forefront of solving one of the most pressing global challenges ‒ how do we feed a rapidly growing population and ensure equitable access to healthy, nutritious food?...
Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize Winner, the Keynote Speaker for October 4th Summit - Global Challenges: Building Healthy Food Systems - Sep 21, 2018
Dr. Gebisa EjetaThe College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting its first-ever AGNR Cornerstone Event, a nod to the college’s history as the University's founding institution. On October 4th, the Stamp Student Union will be buzzing with faculty, staff, students, and public stakeholders...
Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize Laureate, the Keynote Speaker for October 4th Summit - Global Challenges: Building Healthy Food Systems - Sep 21, 2018
Dr. Gebisa EjetaThe College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting its first-ever AGNR Cornerstone Event, a nod to the college’s history as the University's founding institution. On October 4th, the Stamp Student Union will be buzzing with faculty, staff, students, and public stakeholders...
UMD Researcher Helps to Crack the Genetic Code for Wheat for the First Time - Aug 16, 2018
Releases two collaborative papers in Science that pave the way for better wheat yields, with crops adapted to disease, heat, and droughtWheat harvestCollege Park, Maryland - The University of Maryland as part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published findings in...
UMD Researcher Helps to Crack the Wheat Genome for the First Time - Aug 16, 2018
Releases two collaborative papers in Science that pave the way for better wheat yields, with crops adapted to disease, heat, and droughtWheat harvestCollege Park, Maryland - The University of Maryland as part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published findings in...
Tool launched to aid in environmental practice decisions - Aug 14, 2018
A farm sits along a local waterway on the Eastern ShoreQUEENSTOWN — A new website that helps communities make wise decisions to address their local water quality needs is now live online.The website, baybmp.org, helps farmers, local governments, environmental organizations, community associations...
UMD Professor Pal Leads a Team of Investigators Across Institutions to Pave the Way in Tick-borne Illness Research, Receives $7.7 Million Grant for First-of-its-Kind Tick Research Program - Jul 30, 2018
Research to examine tick immune responses to pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnessesUMD Professor Utpal Pal leads a team of investigators across multiple institutions that will receive up to $7.7 million over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...
New podcast for Delmarva farmers now online - Jul 26, 2018
From left, Keiller Kyle of the Nature Conservancy, Mike Twining of Williard Agri-Service, and Jen Nelson, co-host of “From Cloud to Cab,” talk about nitrogen use efficiency during a recording for an upcoming episode of “From Cloud to Cab,” a new podcast sQUEENSTOWN, MD — A new podcast series called...
UMD Assistant Professor Awarded $1.1 Million to Mitigate Rising Sea-level and Saltwater Intrusion Threatening Coastal Farm Viability and Bay Health - Jul 19, 2018
Flooded corn fieldDr. Kate Tully of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture was recently awarded $1.1 million by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for her research on sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Saltwater intrusion...
$1.3 Million Grant Awarded to UMD Researcher to Develop Precision Breeding Techniques in Livestock - Jul 17, 2018
Research will help combat heat stress, and improve milk yield with more efficient breeding technologiesCollege 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...
UMD Researchers Identify Genetic Mechanisms to Control Cancer-Like Growths in Mouse-ear Cress Plants with Links to Animal and Human Cells - Jul 9, 2018
Researchers take a one health approach, shedding light on the control of cancer across plants, animals, and humansArabidopsis, or mouse-ear cressUMD researchers have identified genetic mechanisms to control cancer-like growths in the plant Arabidopsis, commonly known as mouse-ear cress. The cancer-...
Watershed Implementation Plan workshops planned for June - May 23, 2018
QUEENSTOWN — With Maryland moving closer to rolling out its Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan, representatives of state agencies overseeing Chesapeake Bay cleanup are making themselves available in person at regional workshops across the state in May and June to inform the dialogue and answer...
UMD Researcher Discovers Mechanisms and Epigenetic Markers with Implications for Diseases Ranging from Cancers to Infertility - Apr 30, 2018
Research opens the door for future stem cell research in chicken modelsA 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...
Environmental Science and Technology Professor Invents New Tool Used to Classify and Assess Wetlands - Apr 24, 2018
New system is more accurate, easier to use, and more environmentally friendly and sustainableNew tool to classify wetlandsA 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...
UMD Students Win Big at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) National Conference - Apr 16, 2018
1st Place in the Research Poster Competition and 2nd Place in the Team Quiz BowlUMD MANRRS National Conference ParticipantsAdeola Adeoye, a senior Nutrition major, took first place in the competitive research poster competition earlier this month at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources...
A Breakthrough in Aiding Diabetes Patients Through Development of First-of-its-Kind Pig Research Model - Apr 4, 2018
UMD researchers utilized cutting edge genome editing to generate pig model lacking pancreatic endocrine cellsCRISPR Cas9College 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...
UMD Researcher Uncovers Protein Used to Outsmart the Human Immune System - Apr 2, 2018
Findings have major implications for tick-borne diseases like Lyme diseaseIxodes scapularis tickA 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...

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