College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

plant science

27 Years in the Making, UMD Releases Multiple New Apple Varieties Starting with the Harvest of Antietam Blush

Antietam Blush Harvest
How do you like them apples? As apple season comes to a close, UMD is asking growers just that, releasing its first ever new apple variety called Antietam Blush, with six more varieties coming soon, all adapted specifically to the climate and growing culture of the mid-atlantic region. Dr...

UMD Assistant Professor Receives $1.1 Million Early Career Award from NSF to Perfect CRISPR and Gene Regulation Tools in Plants

CRISPR
UMD Assistant Professor Yiping Qi in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture received a $1.1 million Plant Genome Research Program Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue his unique work developing tools for researchers to perfect CRISPR and...

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...

Ripe on Time

(The following article appeared in the Spring 2015 edition of Terp magazine:) Trying to harvest a successful crop of strawberries could make any farmer go bananas. They’re a fussy fruit, susceptible to frost, disease, mold and bugs. But they’re also in high demand, with the U.S. producing more than...

VIDEO: Sustainable Strawberry Research Featured on TERPVISION

Researchers from the Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture were featured in a recent TerpVision piece for their work using wireless sensor technology to create sustainable strawberries !

Turf Terps Take 2nd at Collegiate Turf Bowl

Teams from the University of Maryland logged an impressive showing at the 2015 Collegiate Turf Bowl hosted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in conjunction with its winter conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 26. Of the 69 teams competing from around the...

In second year, Terp Farm hopes goals will come to fruition

As Terp Farm enters its first full year of operation, the project continues to show promise, officials said. Since May, workers and students have produced more than 6,800 pounds of produce at the Upper Marlboro farm. Now in their second year, lead agriculture technician Guy Kilpatric said they are...

Three-peat: Terps Win Turf Challenge for Third Straight Year

For the third consecutive year, a team of students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) took home the top prize in the Sports Turf Management Association Student Challenge. The competition was hosted in Denver, Colorado on January 15th. Each year, students from two- and four...

UMD Researchers Help Develop Open-Source ‘Plant Library’

The effort to protect threatened and endangered species calls for deep pockets. In 2013 alone, U.S. federal and state governments spent more than $1.7 billion toward the conservation of species at risk, according to a report from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service . With such massive investments...

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