Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

McGill, Gill to receive NSFA research, public service awards

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture announced that Brian McGill, professor of biological sciences, and Jacquelyn Gill, associate professor of terrestrial paleoecology, will be recognized with faculty awards for 2020. McGill will receive the college’s Outstanding Research Award; Gill will be honored with its Outstanding Public Service Award.  The Outstanding Research Award recognizes […]

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Lobster research

UMaine researchers find rising ocean temperatures, acidification worsen immune response, physiology in lobsters  

Rising ocean temperatures and acidification, which results from decreasing pH levels, can increase adolescent lobsters’ vulnerability to disease and impact their physiology, according to University of Maine scientists. Amalia Harrington studied the individual and combined effects of increased ocean acidification and warmth on adolescent, female American lobsters as a postdoctoral researcher at UMaine. Faculty from […]

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Morning Ag Clips posts release about blueberry health benefit research

Morning Ag Clips posted a media release about University of Maine scientists working to identify concentrations of specific wild blueberry polyphenols — bioactive compounds that naturally occur in certain plants — that influence cell migration, angiogenesis and inflammation, as well as how they can be applied in clinical settings. The findings advance professor Dorothy Klimis-Zacas’ […]

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Take part in survey, learn to safely make fermented pickles 

Do you make fermented pickles at home, or do you want to learn how? If so, University of Maine researchers are seeking Maine residents at least 18 years old to answer questions and watch a short video about safe fermentation practices. Jacob Rich is the study’s principal investigator. The UMaine graduate student in food science […]

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ScienceLine interviews Blomberg about spruce grouse decline

ScienceLine interviewed Erik Blomberg about the decline of spruce grouse. The University of Maine associate professor said the grouse population on Mount Desert Island could be an indication of broader species decline in Maine. Some of his current unpublished research indicates that spruce grouse in northern Maine are having a difficult time surviving. “There’s some […]

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PPH publishes 4-H youth photo essay  

The Portland Press Herald posted a photo essay titled “For Maine’s 4-H kids, raising animals a labor of love.” Photographers captured 4-H animals and youth who usually take part in Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs but won’t this year because most fairs have been canceled due to the coronavirus. This summer would have been Natalie […]

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Calderwood speaks with Good Fruit Grower about dealing with spotted wing drosophila

Good Fruit Grower magazine interviewed Lily Calderwood, University of Maine Cooperative Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture, about dealing with the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) when growing blueberries. Calderwood says growers in Maine harvest blueberries earlier than in years’ past in response to SWD. The insect peaks in mid or late August, […]

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BDN interviews Lichtenwalner about unexpected roosters among flocks

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Anne Lichtenwalner about what chicken owners can do if there’s an unexpected rooster in their flocks. When purchasing a batch of chicks, even those advertised as female, some buyers end up with roosters because they can be accidentally mixed together, according to the article. “The best thing anyone can do […]

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Mainebiz, Maine Public, WABI cover patent to create construction materials with CNF

Mainebiz and Maine Public reported that the University of Maine received a patent for a process to create construction materials that are bound with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and offer increased durability and environmental friendliness. While the technology can be used to create a variety of commonly used building materials, the primary application focuses on a replacement […]

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