School of Food and Agriculture

Bangor Daily, Phys.org highlight Ishaq’s biological fire ant control study

The Bangor Daily News reported on the findings of a new fire ant control study led by Sue Ishaq. Ishaq, a UMaine assistant professor of animal and veterinary sciences, investigated biological methods of controlling European fire ants, including using nematodes that carry bacteria harmful to the ant. Phys.org shared a University of Maine news release […]

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Bacteria from nematodes could be used to kill fire ants, UMaine research reveals

Bacteria-infected nematodes may provide biological control of invasive European fire ants found in Maine, according to a University of Maine-led study. UMaine scientists found that dead fire ants, Myrmica rubra, in colonies on Mount Desert Island and Orono were infected by nematodes, or roundworms, harboring bacteria, particularly in their digestive tracts. Their findings led them […]

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Calderwood discusses wild blueberry harvest with Ellsworth American

Lily Calderwood, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Ellsworth American about the wild blueberry harvest this year. “Overall, the crop looks good this year,” said Calderwood, also an assistant professor of horticulture. “I think people are optimistic.” She also discussed how climate change threatens the crop, including […]

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Dumas talks different pesto vatiaties with BDN

Rob Dumas, University of Maine food science pilot plant manager, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about making different kinds of pesto. “Parsley is probably my all time favorite herb,” Dumas said. “It’s very good for you, it stays delicious all the time [and] it makes a wonderful pesto kind of thing.”

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News Center interviews Porter about potato crop

News Center Maine interviewed Greg Porter, a University of Maine professor of crop ecology and management, about the potato crop this year. Farmers struggled with their harvests over the past two years, which brought record temperatures and drought, and additional challenges posed by COVID-19 last year, according to the report. “With timely rain, I think […]

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Dumas featured in ‘Farm and Sea to School’ video series

Chef Rob Dumas, food science innovation coordinator for the University of Maine, is featured in a new video series, “Farm and Sea to School,” produced by the Maine Department of Education.  The series is part of a campaign to encourage Maine schools to use fresh, local products in school meal programs. Dumas was one of several experts […]

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Sullivan named NSFA associate dean

Susan Sullivan has been named associate dean for academics of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture at the University of Maine, succeeding George Criner on Aug. 1. Criner, who served as associate dean for six years, will return to his faculty position following a leave of absence. “Dr. Sullivan has an established record […]

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UMaine researchers study how changing rainfall patterns could affect strawberries

University of Maine researchers are studying how changes in rainfall patterns caused by climate change could affect strawberries in the Northeast.  Principal investigator Rachel Schattman, an assistant professor of sustainable agriculture, and her research team built a precipitation and cropping simulator to assess the effects of four possible rainfall scenarios on strawberries and other specialty […]

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