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Student discovers new wasp species, AP reports

The Associated Press reported University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson discovered a new species of wasp. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Peterson discovered the species, which doesn’t sting, while conducting work for her thesis. The Brunswick resident named the wasp Ormocerus dirigoius, in tribute to Maine’s motto, “Dirigo,” which means “I […]

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BDN reports on Kelley’s shell midden research

The Bangor Daily News reported on the prehistoric shell middens, or refuse heaps, along the Maine coast that are threatened by rising sea levels, beach erosion and development. The middens include clam shells, fish bones and other artifacts left behind by people who lived along the coast thousands of years ago. “The paleo information is priceless,” says […]

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Machado speaks with BDN about safe turkey cooking for Thanksgiving

Robson Machado, a food science specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about how to safely cook a Thanksgiving turkey. When buying a fresh bird, according to UMaine Extension, plan on picking it up one or two days before […]

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Wells speaks with Press Herald about toxic algae blooms

Mark Wells, a marine biology professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article, “Maine plans swifter protocols for shellfish monitoring.” A toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia, a common phytoplankton, closed hundreds of miles of Maine coastline to shellfish harvesting this fall and caused a recall of 58,500 pounds of blue mussels […]

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New potato variety available at harvest festival, supermarkets, media report

The Associated Press, Fiddlehead Focus, WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle), WABI (Channel 5) and WVII(Channel 7) reported a new potato variety developed by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine was once again available at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor. The Caribou Russet was made available to consumers for the first time at the same festival last year, […]

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Schmitt writes Friends of Acadia Journal article on threatened marshes, middens

The Summer 2017 issue of Friends of Acadia Journal includes an article by Catherine Schmitt, communications director for Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine. The article, “Rising seas at Acadia: Implications and strategies for a changing landscape,” looks at how researchers, park managers and conservationists are responding to the effects of sea-level rise in Acadia […]

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The Fish Site reports on salmon embryo research

The Fish Site reported on University of Maine research led by LeeAnne Thayer, a Ph.D. candidate in marine sciences, and Heather Hamlin, an assistant professor of aquaculture and marine biology. Beginning in 2000, fertilized salmon eggs began dying in large numbers, and the average survival rate fell from 80 to 50 percent. After five years of […]

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Grindrod discusses study on language, communication in older adults on WABI

Christopher Grindrod, an assistant professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Maine, visited the studio of WABI (Channel 5) to discuss research that is being conducted on language and communication in older adults. “We’re interested in looking at age-related changes in terms of language and communication in older adults, and we’re also looking at […]

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Grad student cited in Maine Public report on Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks

Brenda Rudnicky, a marine biology graduate student at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the Maine Public report, “Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks are rebounding — But how high should the quota be raised?” Once severely depleted, populations of the prized sushi fish appear to be rebuilding up and down the New England coast. Now […]

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