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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...
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...

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