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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...
Forty Years of Data Quantifies Benefits of Bt Corn Adoption Across a Wide Variety of Crops for the First Time - Mar 12, 2018
Myriad benefits include 90% suppression of pests, severely limited spraying and multiple millions in economic benefitsCorn borer on sweet cornUMD researchers have pulled together forty years of data to quantify the effects of Bt corn, a highly marketed and successful genetically modified corn...
Hughes Center partner on SARE grant - Mar 12, 2018
An aerial shot of the Wye Research and Education Center in QueenstownBALTIMORE — The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has been awarded a three-year, $159,380 grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (“SARE”) program. The grant will be...
Tracing the Origins of the Colorado Potato Beetle - Feb 28, 2018
Implications for Effective Pest Management Strategies Against a Beetle that Continues to Decimate Potato CropsColorado potato beetleA 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...
UMD Researchers Find Gene that May Greatly Increase Strawberry Production - Jan 22, 2018
Work has potential to significantly bolster grower production and enhance nursery industry with new control over propagation and popularization of new plant varietiesStrawberry ProductionUMD researchers have identified and isolated a gene that is directly linked to the strawberry production process...
Applying Agricultural Practices to the Port of Baltimore - Dec 20, 2017
Cleaning Up the Port and Producing Sustainable EnergyPort of BaltimoreThe 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...
UMD Researcher Develops Innovative Water Treatment System to Clean and Sustain the Port of Baltimore - Dec 20, 2017
Project improves water and air quality, reduces pollution, and creates renewable energyPort of BaltimoreThe 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...
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Announces Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Iqbal Hamza as a 2017 Fellow - Nov 22, 2017
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...
Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Receives $1 Million to Advance Animal Well-Being and the Poultry Industry - Nov 20, 2017
Addressing the Needs of a Changing Climate and Food Security through Sustainable Agricultural ProductionYoung broiler chickens at their feederDr. Tom Porter, Professor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, is tackling many major global issues as a leader in poultry research with two new...
University of Maryland Extension Specialist Receives National Award for Research Excellence in Water Use Management - Nov 16, 2017
Dr. John Lea-Cox’s project promotes direct engagement with farmers to reduce environmental impacts in nursery and greenhouse industry John Lea-Cox w/ a Research Sensor NetworkWashington, D.C. -- This past Sunday, Dr. John Lea-Cox and a select group of colleagues accepted the 2017 Experiment Station...
Pioneer Health Research from Veterinary Medicine Professor Attracts Over $2.3 Million in New Funding - Nov 1, 2017
Cryptococcus stain; Dr. Meiqing ShiThe College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a strong commitment to health, and Associate Professor Dr. Meiqing Shi in the Department of Veterinary Medicine is bolstering that commitment through unmatched research in his field. With Dr. Shi’s expertise in...
Flying Dog Brewery and University of Maryland Partner on Hops Production Initiative - Jul 19, 2017
Hops Trial at Western Maryland Research Center 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...
UMD-Led Research in Bloodless Worms Reveals How Organs Communicate their Status of Life-Giving Heme - Jun 6, 2017
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...
Nation's Beekeepers Lost 33 Percent of Bees in 2016-17 - May 25, 2017
Annual losses improved over last year; winter losses lowest in survey historyCollege 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...
University of Maryland Scientists Unveil First-Ever Study of Urbanization Impact on Soils in Multiple Cities - May 11, 2017
Findings illustrate difficulty in establishing trees and increased nutrient deficiency through loss of an important microbeUrban GreenspaceCollege Park, MD -- Urban soils provide extensive ecosystem services that properly regulate the surrounding environment for all living organisms. Nutrient...

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