Archive for June, 2011

Hamilton Comments Included In Scientific American Website Story

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

UMaine glaciologist Gordon Hamilton was quoted in a story on the Scientific American website about the links between climate change and social collapse of Greenland since 800 B.C. Hamilton commented on more recent ice melt, telling the magazine that the area of the Arctic around Greenland has warmed significantly since the 1990s, and the way in which the ice sheet responds will persist for decades to come.

Cool Temperatures, Wet Weather Affecting Blueberry Crop

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

he recent cool, wet conditions in Maine may delay the state’s blueberry crop for about a week, according to David Yarborough, University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s blueberry specialist and UMaine professor of horticulture.

Yarborough says the wet and windy conditions of May have increased the incidence of mummyberry disease and made it difficult to apply the necessary fungicides to protect the plants.

The weather conditions have also hampered pollination, Yarborough says. Maine brings about 50,000 bee hives from Southern states in order to pollinate the blueberry crop, but colder temperatures mean bees stay in their hives. A few warm days are needed for adequate pollination.

UMaine Researchers’ Work Cited in Lobster-Deaths Article

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

An article in the June issue of Fisherman’s Voice discusses how research at the University of Maine Lobster Institute and Animal Health Laboratory is helping coastal lobster pound operators determine the best ways to reduce “shrinkage” of the catch through lobster deaths after capture. Some pound owners facing 15-20-percent shrinkage rates have gone out of business, while others struggle. The article mentions researchers Bob Bayer, director of the Lobster Institute, and Debbie Bouchard, Animal Health Laboratory director, and former veterinarian David Basti, now a graduate student in Bouchard’s lab.

Economist Comments On Gold Prices

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Comments from Adrienne Kearney, a UMaine associate professor of economics, were included in a Central Maine Morning Sentinel story about the rising cost of silver and the already high price of gold. Kearney told the newspaper the futures market expects the cost of gold to continue rising slightly between now and 2012. Gold is attractive to investors now, she added, because long-term real interest rates are historically low.

Food Scientist Interviewed for Snacking Article

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

A reporter for the online health magazine WebMD interviewed Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition at UMaine, for an article in today’s edition about whether snacking is healthy. Camire says one person’s snack could be the same as a meal for another, depending on the snack.

Wind power opinion column in Sunday Telegram

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The June 26 Maine Sunday Telegram includes an opinion column, “Offshore wind has role in Maine’s future,” written by UMaine School of Economics Prof. Mario Teisl, in collaboration with his faculty colleagues Caroline Noblet, Shannon McCoy and Gary Hunt.

Rice comments in Old Town mill story

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Prof. Robert Rice of the UMaine School of Forest Resources provided comment for a Saturday Bangor Daily News story looking at current operations at the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Mill.  The story points out that the mill is processing pulp at historically high levels, while also extracting byproducts and testing them in a biorefinery.

Front-page story features UMaine bee research

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

A Saturday front-page Bangor Daily News story described a Washington County-based UMaine bmblebee research project headed up by Prof. Frank Drummond.  The project aims to help rebuild bee populations that have suffered recent declines.  Researchers are studying the bees and working to develop pesticide protocols that will not harm them.

Newspaper story on sea lamprey research

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Saturday’s Bangor Daily News featured a story about UMaine research involving Prof. Steve Coghlan, a freshwater fisheries ecology expert, graduate student Rob Hogg and their colleagues.  Based at a site on Brewer’s Sedgeunkedunk Stream, the researchers are studying sea lamprey and their impact on stream ecosystems.

Bird Biologist Comments In Story

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Comments from Rebecca Holberton, a UMaine associate professor of biology, were included in a Central Maine Morning Sentinel story about the BioDiversity Research Institute, a Maine-based center known for its research on environmental threats to birds and other wildlife. Holberton, who leads the Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network and collaborates with BRI, commented on the work the institute has done and said its work with mercury has added a huge resources.