School of Food and Agriculture

Moran speaks with AP for article on espalier pruning

Renae Moran, an associate professor of pomology and tree fruit specialist, spoke with the Associated Press for an article about espalier pruning. Espalier pruning is the practice of training and trimming fruit trees, vines or flowering shrubs to grow into artistic, two-dimensional forms, the article states. It can make the plants easier to mow and […]

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Yarborough quoted in AP report on blueberry industry turnaround

David Yarborough, a professor of horticulture and wild blueberry specialist, spoke with the Associated Press for a report on a possible turnaround for the recently suffering Maine wild blueberry industry. The Maine wild blueberry harvest in 2018 was about 57 million pounds, down almost 11 million pounds from 2017, and price per pound also has […]

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Food science majors to engage in active learning to prepare for industry demands

Balunkeswar (Balu) Nayak is leading a charge to strengthen food science majors’ understanding of science and engineering by replacing lecture-centered instruction with active-learning strategies. The University of Maine associate professor of food processing is directing a multi-university project to boost math knowledge and problem-solving skills of food science majors for careers in food processing, food […]

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Jackson, Gallandt sources for BDN look at climate change, farming

Tori Jackson and Eric Gallandt were sources, and the Maine Climate and Agriculture Network was referenced, in a multifaceted Bangor Daily News story about climate change as it relates to agriculture. The Maine Climate and Agriculture Network indicates the average length of the growing season in the state is 12–14 days longer than it was […]

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Yarborough interviewed for BDN article on new use for wild blueberries

The Bangor Daily News interviewed David Yarborough, a professor of horticulture and wild blueberry specialist, for the article, “This new trend for wild Maine blueberries will tingle your taste buds.” The article focused on new trends in Maine’s food industry to incorporate wild blueberries into savory products, like the Blue Flame hot sauce produced by […]

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CUGR names 2018–2020 undergraduate research assistants

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has named the 2018–2020 Faculty Fellows Assistants. The CUGR Faculty Fellows Program supports faculty efforts toward improving undergraduate research mentoring skills, expanding curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and developing proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students. Each CUGR Fellow is provided $1,100 to […]

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CUGR announces 2018–2019 academic year fellowship winners

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the 2018–2019 Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowships. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-mentored research. Each fellowship provides a $1,100 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. Funding for […]

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Participants sought for research on taste, whole grains for older adults

Participants are needed for a University of Maine research project on taste and whole grains for older adults, being conducted 12:30–5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Sensory Evaluation Center, 158 Hitchner Hall. Most Americans do not eat enough whole grains. UMaine researchers are studying whether taste is an important factor in deciding to eat whole […]

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Gallandt, students interviewed for BDN article on Maine academic agriculture programs

Eric Gallandt, a professor of weed ecology at the University of Maine, as well as Madison Lawler and Delaney Overlock, undergraduate students in the sustainable agriculture program at UMaine, were interviewed for the Bangor Daily News article, “Modern agriculture programs in Maine emphasize food production science, policy.” There are fewer family farms in Maine than […]

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