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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...
University of Maryland Investigates Resistance to Glyphosate (Roundup) on Weeds in Major Crop Systems - Apr 12, 2017
This novel resistance to a mainstream herbicide has multi-billion dollar impact on food and feed productionTreated and untreated plants College Park, MD -- Glyphosate, or “Roundup” as it is labeled commercially is used extensively to combat weeds in corn, soybean and cotton cropping systems. ...
University of Maryland Develops Model to Prevent E. coli Outbreaks in Leafy Greens - Mar 23, 2017
Contamination of soil with wild pig and cattle feces has direct correlation to E. coli prevalence in California leafy greens Leafy green produceCollege 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....
Celebrating Women in Agriculture - Women's History Month - Mar 15, 2017
Featuring Several Women Faculty Members Throughout MarchThis 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...
University of Maryland Develops New CRISPR-Cpf1 Gene Editing System for Plants - Feb 27, 2017
Plant scientist improves efficiency of CRISPR technology to help breed productive and resilient crops for global food supplyYiping QiCollege 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...
College Partners with NIFA to Protect our Nation’s Agriculture Enterprise - Feb 21, 2017
Nationwide leaders in academia, industry and government convened at UMD to develop tactical scientific strategies to respond to bio-threatsTactical Sciences Call to Conversation at UMDCollege Park, MD -- This past week, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted a diverse group of...
College Partners with USDA-NIFA to Protect our Nation’s Agriculture Enterprise - Feb 21, 2017
Nationwide leaders in academia, industry and government convened at UMD to develop tactical scientific strategies to respond to bio-threatsTactical Sciences Call to Conversation at UMDCollege Park, MD -- This past week, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosted a diverse group of...
University of Maryland Unlocks Mystery of Increased Corn Earworm Damage to Genetically Engineered Sweet Corn - Jan 9, 2017
UMD scientists describe evolution of corn earworm’s resistance to long relied on pest management biotechnologyCorn EarwormCollege Park, MD -- Corn crops engineered with genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) express specific proteins called Cry proteins, which have been a major...
University of Maryland Researcher Advocates For Precaution and Governance of Emerging Technologies - Nov 30, 2016
Report explores gene drive technology as key example 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...
Extension Launches New Research-Based Initiative for UMD Grown Hops - Nov 17, 2016
Mt. Airy's Milkhouse brewery creates limited edition rye pale aleMt 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...
University of Maryland Plant Scientist Identifies Gene to Combat Crippling Wheat Disease - Nov 9, 2016
Fhb1 gene poised to control rot in several other horticulture crops, scaling back billions in losses Wheat ScabCollege 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...
University of Maryland Researcher Discovers Solar Heat Island Effect Caused by Large-Scale Solar Power Plants - Nov 1, 2016
Temperature rise has direct implications for local ecosystems and potential to impact human health and land-use planningSolar Site MonitoringCollege Park, MD -- Mitchell">https://www.enst.umd.edu/people/faculty/mitchell-pavao-zuckerman">Mitchell A. Pavao-Zuckerman, an assistant professor from...
University of Maryland Professor Receives $720k Grant from NSF to Eliminate “Coffee Rust” Disease in Costa Rica - Oct 5, 2016
Collaborative project with Ohio State University to examine several species of fungi as agents to fight pathogens within coffeeRubiaceae plantCollege Park, MD -- In her quest to eradicate a devastating coffee disease called “Coffee Rust” – an issue that is plaguing Central American families who...

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