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What flies beneath: Avian bloodsuckers

When you find a bird feather in the woods and stoop to pick it up, does your mom’s voice echo in your brain? Can you hear her say, birds have lice, don’t pick that up? Mom was mostly right. Birds can have lice (though you won’t catch lice from a bird). But what Mom probably didn’t know is that birds have something far creepier lurking in their feathers. It’s six legged, leathery, and flat. And it sucks blood.

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NHAES Scientists Share in $10M USDA Research Grant

NH Agricultural Experiment Station scientists are among those who have been awarded a $10 million, five-year federal grant to develop and apply modern DNA-based tools to deliver new cultivated varieties of rosaceous crops such as apples, peaches, strawberries, and cherries with superior product quality and disease resistance.

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UNH NHAES/COLSA Fairchild Dairy Marks 25th Anniversary Oct. 29

The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), will mark its 25th anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, with a celebration that will include presentations of the university's current dairy research.

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Tasty sushi garnish a sea delicacy in jeopardy

Severe storms and warming water are being blamed for a pathogen that has again attacked Nova Scotia’s beds of sea urchins — the lowly, salty creatures that deliver sushi’s delicious orange roe.

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UNH Undergrad Seeks To Produce First Genetically Decaffeinated Tea Plant

Genetic engineering of plants has come a long way in recent years. It was first used to make more robust crops, then more nutritious and efficient crops. Now, scientists at the University of New Hampshire are tweaking tea plants to create an un-caffeinated variety.

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Cover Crops Project Collaborative

University of New Hampshire scientists have teamed up with the Strafford County Conservation District to test different combinations of cover crops, which farmers use for a number of reasons, including improving soil fertility and productivity, reducing erosion, and controlling pests.

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NHAES Scientists Tackle Climate-Related Challenges of Northeast Apple Growers

The Northeast's increasingly erratic spring weather patterns are presenting new challenges for apple growers trying to manage diseases that can damage or destroy their crops. To help growers, scientists with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture have been fine-tuning the use of sophisticated weather models that have allowed them to successfully predict when an orchard is at risk for infection.

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UNH Survey: Milk Prices Top Concern of Northeastern Organic Dairy Farmers

Northeastern organic dairy farms say their top concern is receiving steady, fair prices for their milk from milk processors, according to a new survey that is the first to assess the research and educational needs of organic dairy farmers in the region.

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Kingman Farm Research Focus of UNH Twilight Meeting Sept. 16

Calling all farmers, master gardeners, and those interested in the agricultural research at Kingman Farm. You won't want to miss the twilight meeting Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at the farm in Madbury, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

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UNH NHAES Researchers Leaders in Breeding Better Strawberries

UNH NHAES scientists have been instrumental in helping breed better strawberries using genetics to determine which strawberries have the best combinations of qualities. They are considered among the leading scientists worldwide conducting this kind of research.

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