College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Genetics

UMD Researcher Helps to Crack the Wheat Genome for the First Time

wheat harvest
College Park, Maryland - The University of Maryland as part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published findings in Science detailing the full genome sequence of wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop. Additionally, a second companion paper was published in the...

$1.3 Million Grant Awarded to UMD Researcher to Develop Precision Breeding Techniques in Livestock

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College 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 precision breeding technologies for livestock, specifically focusing on cattle and goats. Dr. Bhanu...

UMD Researcher Discovers Mechanisms and Epigenetic Markers with Implications for Diseases Ranging from Cancers to Infertility

DNA
A 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 foreground of new knowledge for fighting disease, and mechanisms in this...

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...

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