College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Genetics

Forty Years of Data Quantifies Benefits of Bt Corn Adoption Across a Wide Variety of Crops for the First Time

corn at harvest
UMD researchers have pulled together forty years of data to quantify the effects of Bt corn, a highly marketed and successful genetically modified corn variety, in a novel and large-scale study. Other studies have demonstrated the benefits of Bt corn adoption on pest management for pests like the...

Tracing the Origins of the Colorado Potato Beetle

Colorado potato beetle
A 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 the Plains states, dispelling theories that the beetle came from Mexican or other divergent populations. Little was previously...

UMD Researchers Find Gene that May Greatly Increase Strawberry Production

strawberry in field
UMD researchers have identified and isolated a gene that is directly linked to the strawberry production process. With the ability to turn this gene on and off to produce runners (a long horizontal stem ideal for producing young strawberry plants for sale) or flowers (ideal to produce fruit) and a...

Nutrition and Food Science Professor Seeks to Improve Human Health with $2.1 Million in Prestigious New Grant Funding

Dr. Rahaman conducting research
Inflammation is a common issue connecting virtually all diseases, from cancer to cardiovascular diseases to fibrosis, or the hardening of soft tissues in your body. This is something that universally affects so many people, making the impact of truly innovative and novel research in this area...

UMD Faculty Member Serves on International Gene Drive Study Panel

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill, an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland, has been selected to serve on a committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the emerging field of gene drive research...

Perfect Piggies

They look like any other week-old piglets squirming to nuzzle against their mother for warmth and sustenance, making soft snorting sounds as they wiggle their stubby, pink piglet tails. However, 18 piglets born recently are the result of two years of intense research by scientists in the College of...

UMD Researchers Awarded $1.6 Million to Fight Flu in Pigs

Researchers from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) will soon test a cutting-edge approach for eradicating the most ancient disease known to mankind – influenza – thanks to a $1.6 million grant awarded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and...

Faculty Research in Focus: Iqbal Hamza

Iqbal Hamza’s research in cell biology and genetics at the University of Maryland requires him to act both as a scientist and a detective simultaneously – a combination that makes him eager to arrive at his lab each and every day. “I get up in the morning and am dying to get to work because I...
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