Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Learn about fermentation, fish, climate change at Maine Science Festival Pop-Ups 

Three Maine Science Festival Pop-Up Events are planned for January, ahead of the full festival March 18–22. Science on Tap Hits the Road: Fermentation Edition, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Orchard Girls Cidery, 375 Main St., Kingfield. Jennifer Perry, University of Maine assistant professor of food microbiology, will give an overview of fermentation, and Orchard […]

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Skonberg to educate media about foods of the future

Denise Skonberg will participate in a media briefing about emerging research driving the development of consumable algae, insects and cultured meat — and how factors such as taste, nutrition, public perception, and environmental impact may influence their acceptance as foods.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science briefing, titled “Fit to Eat? Algae, Insects, […]

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Penobscot Times, Machias Valley News Observer publicize shell midden exhibit

The Penobscot Times shared the University of Maine media release about the free, public exhibit “Maine’s Threatened Shell Middens: Losing a Link to Understanding our Past” in Hudson Museum’s Minsky Culture Lab. For generations, indigenous Wabanki people left heaps of harvested clams and oysters shells along the coast. Materials in the piles provide opportunities to […]

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Nayak shares goals of seaweed research with WABI

WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Balunkeswar Nayak about his efforts to retain seaweed’s health benefits during processing and preservation. “Our lab is helping…find out… the best processing techniques that can really save this product for off-season use and also different types of value additions,” says the University of Maine associate professor of food processing.

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Media share Cucuzza’s research on climate change, coastal communities

The Boothbay Register and Penobscot Bay Pilot ran a University of Maine Darling Marine Center media release about climate change and the state’s coastal communities. Marina Cucuzza, a graduate student pursuing a dual degree in marine biology and marine policy, explores the role that municipal comprehensive plans have in preparing communities for environmental change. “Planning […]

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Seymour speaks with Chronicle Herald about Nova Scotia forestry industry

Robert Seymour, the Curtis Hutchins Emeritus Professor in the School of Forest Resources, talked with The Chronicle Herald about the future of Nova Scotia’s forest industry. He suggested converting public facilities to run on wood pellets or a similar product. Pellets can be made from hardwood or softwood, are dried, and burn at around 80% […]

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KJ, Sentinel preview Calder’s ‘Growing Food Businesses in Maine’ talk

The Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal ran a media release announcing that University of Maine Cooperative Extension associate professor and food science specialist Beth Calder will talk about “Growing Food Businesses in Maine — How UMaine Extension Can Help” at the Kennebec County Extension Association annual meeting 4:30–6 p.m. Jan. 15, at the Augusta Civic […]

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DMC shellfish study highlights changes in Damariscotta River

Darling Marine Center researcher Kara Pellowe and colleagues found very few clams of commercial size (2 inches or larger) last summer in any of the intertidal flats managed by the towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle. Their discovery came during a collaborative project in which they counted shellfish (soft-shell clams, quahogs, razor clams, mussels and oysters) […]

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Revisit 2019 faculty, student discoveries

University of Maine faculty members and students conducted fascinating and impactful research important to Maine and the world in 2019. This roundup of stories from July to December covers 3D printing, eDNA, obesity, lobster resilience, and sustainable aquaculture. And here’s a link to research and news highlights from January to June. All UMaine news stories […]

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