Community Retrospective

Thirty years of photographic evidence on climate change affecting fouling communities in Portsmouth Harbor. Story >>>

UNH project aims to restore dunes naturally on Plum Island

As a team of UNH scientists led a group of volunteers planting tufts of sea grass and other native plants along the dunes last Friday, project leader Gregg Moore said they came upon a woman sweeping piles of sand from her front porch in the wake of another nor’easter.

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UNH Greenhouses Earn Top Sustainability Credential from International Group

For the second year, the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses at the University of New Hampshire have received the top grade for sustainability by an independent international sustainability certification group. The facility, which is part of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, is the only research greenhouse operation in the world with this sustainability certification.

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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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