Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Former UMaine Ph.D. Student Credited with New Mineral Discovery

Contact: Edward Grew, (207) 581-2169 The October issue of the journal The Canadian Mineralogist includes a peer-reviewed article by UMaine Department of Earth Sciences faculty researcher Edward Grew, recent Ph.D. student Jeffrey Marsh and colleagues about the discovery in 2009 by Marsh of a new mineral, a species of garnet named “menzerite-(Y)” in honor of […]

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New Zealand Website Has Report On Animal Disease Testing Kits

The website Horsetalk.co.nz highlighted a story about UMaine’s work to develop new and inexpensive field test kits that would detect certain bacteria in animals, including the bacteria that causes equine strangles. Robert Causey, a veterinarian and associate professor in the university’s Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, is driving the research.

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FISHLab Plan On Website

The website allaboutfeed.net, which is based in the Netherlands, mentioned UMaine’s plan to build a high-level containment cold-water lab in which fish pathogens can be studied in order to develop vaccines and medicines for fighting diseases. UMaine received a $600,000 grant from the Maine Technology Institute for the new lab.

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Kornfield in News Report on Illegal Hunting

UMaine Prof. Irv Kornfield is featured in a WABI television story about his work helping the Maine Warden Service investigate illegal hunting cases.  Working in UMaine’s Wildlife Forensic DNA lab, Kornfield assesses evidence and matches animal DNA in ways that help law enforcement officials investigate and prosecute these crimes.

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Sea Grant Involved In Meetings About Marine Resources

UMaine’s Sea Grant Program is teaming up with the Department of Marine Resources and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on a series of meetings around the state to focus and encourage research in areas of importance to the sustainability of Maine’s marine resources, according to a story on the website fenceviewer.com. The first meeting, […]

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News Reports on Fish Lab Project

A Mainebiz story and a longer Bangor Daily News report describe UMaine plans to build a state-of-the-art aquaculture research laboratory on the university’s Orono campus.  The Bangor Daily News story includes comments from Prof. Ian Bricknell, Libra Professor of Aquaculture Biology and director of UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute and Debbie Bouchard, manager of the Maine […]

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UMaine Gaining State-of-the-Art Magnetometer

Contact: Robert Meulenberg, (207) 581-2245 or Robert.meulenberg@umit.maine.edu The University of Maine will by next summer have in place a state-of-the-art magnetometer with which it will be possible for faculty members in several science disciplines to perform high-resolution magnetic and electrical experiments. The superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer, known as a SQUID magnetometer, will reach temperatures […]

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Fernandez Delivers Prestigious Soil Sciences Lecture

UMaine professor of soil science Ivan J. Fernandez, who recently received a distinguished lifetime appointment as a Class of 2010 fellow in the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), presented the Sergei A. Wilde Distinguished Lectureship in Forest Soils at the International Annual Meetings of the SSSA Nov. 3 in Long Beach, Ca. This is […]

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UMaine Research Project to Advance Equine Disease Detection

Contact: Robert Causey, (207) 581-2782 ORONO — University of Maine animal and veterinary science researchers are receiving nearly $500,000 to establish a unique research, testing and education center that promises to substantially advance the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of particularly problematic animal diseases. The project, funded by a $497,392 Maine Technology Asset Fund grant, will […]

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Hunter Gives Washington D.C. Talk

UMaine’s Malcolm Hunter, professor of wildlife resources and Libra Professor of Conservation Biology, traveled to Washington D.C. to give a Wednesday Nov. 3 talk at the National Conservation Leadership Forum.  That is a group tasked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with developing a “National Fish and Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy.”

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