reports on collaborative New England weed study reported scientists from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have completed the first comprehensive assessment of weeds found on organic vegetable farms in northern New England. The collaborative study is an important first step in providing a baseline for organic growers who could face challenges providing locally grown produce because of new, problematic weeds emerging due to environmental change, according to the article. University of Maine collaborators on the project include Eric Gallandt, a professor of weed ecology and management; and Sonja Birthisel and Bryan Brown, graduate students in ecology and environmental sciences, the article states.