College of Agriculture & Natural Resources


Soaring with Opportunity, the UMD Bald Eagle Research Program has Helped Revitalize the Population and Remove Bald Eagles from the Endangered Species List

Bald eagle nestling
"There is nothing quite like scaling a 70 foot tree with nothing below you, climbing up to the nest and poking your head in to see a young eagle looking back at you," says UMD eagle research program student Rachel Eberius, the 46th student to receive an advance degree coming out of the program. Led...

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...

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Announces Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Iqbal Hamza as a 2017 Fellow

Dr. Iqbal Hamza in his lab
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

Broiler chickens eating poultry feed
Dr. 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 grants from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) totaling $1 million. He will be...

Results of Major Needs Assessment Study Show Regulations and Legislation as the Top Concern for Maryland Farmers

Tractors on dairy farm
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has served Maryland farmers and producers for four years through the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI), with the ultimate goal of economically sustainable agricultural production. Results from a needs assessment conducted by University of...

Pioneer Health Research from Veterinary Medicine Professor Attracts Over $2.3 Million in New Funding

Cryptococcus stained; Dr. Shi headshot
The 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 fungal infections and his extensive...

Animal and Avian Sciences Professor Receives $1.39 Million in New Funding to Improve Animal and Human Health

copper ore
Most people think of copper as a metal used to make pipes or wires. But copper is also an essential nutrient needed in every part of your body and for normal organ functioning, growth, and development in both animals and humans. When copper levels are too low or too high, it can cause several...

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...

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Hosts Annual Open House to Educate and Connect with Statewide Residents

Ellicott City, MD – The College of AGNR is set to host its annual Open House on October 8 at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center’s, Clarksville Facility, 4240 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Each year, state residents arrive by the thousands to learn...


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