School of Food and Agriculture

Nayak featured by Institute of Food Technologists

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the world’s largest professional society for food scientists with 22, 000 members, featured School of Food and Agriculture Assistant Professor of Food Processing Balunkeswar Nayak on the cover page of the society’s Virtual Volunteer Leadership Summit. More information about the event, which is scheduled for September 19, 2017, and the cover featuring […]

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Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability: facts, values and better decisions

The 21st century will see unprecedented transformations in human life and vast changes on planet Earth. Key among these are the problems of sustainability, but emerging technologies — especially the intersection of nano-, bio-, information and cognitive technologies — also have the potential to reshape human life. These challenges will require difficult decisions based on […]

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Ellsworth American interviews Yarborough for article on blueberry marketing efforts

The Ellsworth American spoke with David Yarborough, a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article, “Blueberry growers are looking at marketing for industry relief.” As a blueberry season shortened by bad weather and financial issues comes to an end, industry experts said […]

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Environmental horticulture student interns at California berry farm

Dylan Hendrickson, a senior majoring in Environmental Horticulture, put his education to work this summer at Driscoll’s, a fourth-generation family berry business in Corralitos, California. Hendrickson grew young plants in both a tissue culture lab and an outdoor nursery setting.  He worked on research projects including exploring the effects of salts, plant hormones and gelling […]

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Press Herald profiles UMaine food scientist Mary Ellen Camire

The Portland Press Herald published an interview with Mary Ellen Camire, director of the UMaine Sensory Evaluation Center and professor of food science and human nutrition. Camire’s research focuses on the relationships between consumers and Maine-specific food commodities, like seaweed, potatoes, berries and grains. The profile explored the arc of Camire career, from high protein, high-fiber Cheetos […]

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Yarborough speaks with media about modest blueberry crop

David Yarborough, a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist with Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Associated Press, Maine Public and Ellsworth American about Maine’s wild blueberry crop. The AP reported the crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such as […]

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Environmental horticulture student illustrates the beauty of nature

Rachel Alexandrou, a senior in the Environmental Horticulture program, has been completing her degree’s field experience requirement by working with the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) as their resident artist this summer. As part of the ecology and science-focused Kids Camp, she led a drawing workshop with children ages 5-11 teaching them how to focus on […]

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Yarborough cited in Portland Press piece about plight of blueberry industry

David Yarborough, a a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald story about difficulties in the blueberry business. A glut of frozen blueberries has led to depressed prices and farmers are absorbing huge losses, according to the article. This […]

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Yarborough speaks with WLBZ, WVII as Maine blueberry harvest starts

David Yarborough, a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) at the start of the Maine blueberry harvest season. Yarborough told WLBZ the crop is looking good, but the supply is expected to drop from recent years. “The […]

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Yarborough comments on Down East’s archival seagull article

David Yarborough, a professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Down East magazine post that revisited an archival article. “Symbols of the Maine Coast — Herring Gulls,” appeared in the magazine’s August 1956 issue. “Herring gulls do a thorough job of […]

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