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Biogeochemical links across Greenland key to understanding Arctic

The Kangerlussuaq region of southwest Greenland is a 3,728-square-mile corridor stretching from the ice sheet to the Labrador Sea. In this area near the top of the world, landscape and ecosystem diversity abounds. Flora and fauna range from microbes in the ice sheet to large herbivores — caribou and musk oxen — living on the […]

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Darling Marine Center researchers test technique to determine lobster’s age

Research professor Rick Wahle and graduate student Carl Huntsberger are testing a technique at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center to determine the age of lobsters. Unlike fish, mollusks and trees, Wahle says lobsters and other crustaceans molt — or cast off their skeletons thereby discarding external signs of growth. That means a lobster’s […]

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UMaine Center on Aging helps Bangor become more livable for seniors

When AARP announced last summer that Bangor would be named the 100th community in the country to earn “age-friendly” status, leaders in Maine’s third-largest city had to make a big commitment. To receive this distinction, a city must agree to devise a comprehensive strategy to become more livable for its oldest residents. AARP had already […]

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Researchers help salmon farmers confront threat to their industry

It’s a mystery that has puzzled University of Maine assistant professor of marine biology and aquaculture Heather Hamlin and the salmon farming industry in New England: the decline in egg survival. The survival rate of fertilized salmon eggs had been as high as 80 percent. But beginning in 2000, salmon embryos began dying in large […]

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Gill examines plants encased in tar pits to reconstruct ice age ecosystem

For tens of thousands of years, the warm, sticky natural asphalt that occasionally bubbled to the Earth’s surface in the area now called Los Angeles was a death sentence for some ice age animals. Woolly mammoths, camels, rabbits, horses, bison, sloths, rodents, snails, turtles, birds and saber-toothed cats perished after becoming mired in the liquid […]

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When aquaculture grows, so does its economic impact

Farming of finfish, shellfish and plants in fresh and saltwater is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world and it’s growing in Maine, too. From 2007 to 2014, the total economic impact of aquaculture in Maine — including sales revenue, full- and part-time jobs and labor income — nearly tripled from $50 million to […]

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UMaine Holstein ranks among cream of the crop

The Holstein Association USA announced this month that a member of the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center’s dairy herd ranks among the top 10,000 registered Holsteins in the country for Total Performance Index (CTPI). With more than 22 million registered Holsteins in the United States, the distinction places UM Robust Rosmerta in the top […]

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Economics of forest biomass challenging for rural development, study finds

The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a job source in the near future, according to an Oregon State University analysis led by a University of Maine researcher. The study, published in Forest Policy and Economics, focused on biomass generated during timber-harvesting operations. It […]

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Social groups key to preserving natural resources

Cooperation may be the key to successful sustainability, says Timothy Waring, an associate professor in the School of Economics and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. Waring is working toward a ‘theory of sustainability’ and is seeking to discover what makes sustainability possible. He’s asking the question: when, and how, do sustainable […]

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Mainebiz cites UMaine study in report on state’s commercial dairy farms

A report conducted by the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station at the University of Maine was mentioned in the Mainebiz article, “Maine’s dairy farmers seek ‘fair marketplace.’” According to the article, Maine dairy farmers say their industry could use help from Congress in their efforts to provide milk to customers in a fair marketplace. […]

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