Research at AGNR

The Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) represents the research arm of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland College Park. MAES funds and fosters research for sustainable and safe food production. MAES funds and supports more than 120 faculty conducting research within AGNR and other collaborating colleges. Research supported by MAES is conducted both on campus within the academic units and off-campus in four Research and Education Centers consisting of 8 facilities that represent diverse physiographic and land resources regions. Please contact the MAES Office at (301) 405-2462 (Richa Mathur) for questions.

We are serving the state and conducting research all across Maryland at our numerous research facilities.

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Featured Research

Urban Rooftop Farming

Urban rooftop farming

University of Maryland is working to make urban rooftop farming as ubiquitous as the corner Starbucks. The concept is no more difficult to understand than the name. People in cities cultivate their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers on these untapped open spaces.

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Veterinary Medicine

Fighting Acne

Dr. Daniel Nelson with the Department of Veterinary Medicine is leading a project with Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) researchers to explore the use of viral proteins against the bacteria that cause acne. The project received a Technology Assessment award from the Maryland Innovation Initiative.

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Soil Chemistry

African Burial Gour

Research led by Department of Environmental Science & Technology lecturer, Candice Duncan (in collaboration with Howard University) takes a unique approach to analyze grave soil samples collected decades ago from a New York African Burial Ground, the largest African burial ground in the country: examining the makeup of the soil itself.

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Ray and Brian at scope

Ray St. Leger and Brian Lovett from the Department of Entomology developed and tested a genetically engineered fungus to fight mosquito-borne diseases

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Food Safety and Nutrition

Qin Wang

Qin Wang of Nutrition and Food Science is an environmental chemist turned food nanotechnologist creating food polymers that reduce our environmental footprint, keep food fresh and safe, and improve nutrition. 

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Chesapeake Bay

Alex MacLeod catching yellow perch

Alexander MacLeod, a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology is examining a largely unexplored phenomenon in the rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay - struggling yellow perch populations.

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Animal and Avian Sciences

Iqbal Hamza

Iqbal Hamza, professor in Animal and Avian Sciences has discovered a never-before-seen protection mechanism in mammals against the toxicity of free heme in the body - the production of a crystallized form of heme known as hemozoin.  

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