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To protect crops, farmers could promote potato beetle cannibalism

Colorado potato beetles can decimate spud crops by devouring the plants’ foliage. That’s a big problem for farmers in Maine where the 2016 potato harvest was valued at more than $142 million. There’s more unsettling news — each female Colorado potato beetle can lay about 600 eggs in a growing season. And the species — […]

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University of Hawai’i professor to talk about herring at DMC

Alison Rieser, an environmental lawyer and University of Hawai’i at Manoa professor, will deliver a talk titled “The Herring’s Empire” on Friday, June 30 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. The Friday Science Seminar at 10:30 a.m. in Brooke Hall is free, but online registration is requested. Taxed by churches to […]

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Future of oyster industry in third-graders’ hands

“Are we going to be dissecting something?” a Great Salt Bay third-grader asked as he entered the classroom. When he got a whiff of the empty petri dish in front of him, he announced, seemingly pleased with his guess: “Yup, this smells dissected.” For the next 45 minutes, he and other students learned about oyster […]

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Lyon: Rising temps provide for conditions conducive for malaria transmission in Ethiopia

Increasing temperatures are fostering more favorable conditions for the transmission of malaria into the highlands of Ethiopia, according to a study led by University of Maine associate research professor Bradfield Lyon. Traditionally, the cooler climate in the highlands has provided a natural buffer against malaria transmission. But new data indicate rising temperatures over the past […]

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Public invited to summer seminars, public tours at DMC

Free, public science seminars and tours of the waterfront laboratories will begin Friday, June 23 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. At 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Aug. 11, a renowned marine science researcher will share their expertise on topics ranging from the Gulf of Maine studies to deep-sea exploration. The hour-long […]

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Food for thought: Green crab pastries pass UMaine taste test

For clam harvesters in Maine, invasive green crabs are voracious predators that threaten their livelihood. One green crab (Carcinus maenas) can devour 40 half-inch clams in a single day, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. University of Maine food scientists Beth Calder and Denise Skonberg and former graduate student Joseph Galetti have […]

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School of Marine Sciences contingent at The Ocean Conference

A University of Maine assistant professor of marine policy in the School of Marine Sciences and three UMaine graduate students are taking part in The Ocean Conference this week at the United Nations in New York. Participants are slated to discuss solutions to a range of threats to marine ecosystems, including reducing plastic pollution, expanding […]

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Despite record-breaking harvests, there are fewer baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine

Despite record-breaking harvests, study finds baby lobster population continues to decline in Gulf of Maine June 2, 2017 Despite an abundance of egg-bearing adult lobsters and record-breaking harvests, the number of young lobsters continues to fall in the Gulf of Maine. That’s the 2016 update from the American Lobster Settlement Index (ALSI), an international monitoring […]

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UMaine students awarded Eastern Maine Medical Center Scholarships from Medical Staff

Physicians and other medical providers at Eastern Maine Medical Center recently awarded scholarships to three University of Maine students this who aspire to enter health professions in Maine after graduation. “It is a privilege for the Medical Staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center to award scholarships to deserving students at the University of Maine”, says […]

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