Collecting and bleeding horseshoe crabs for biomedical purposes causes
short-term changes in their behavior and physiology that could
exacerbate the crabs’ population decline in parts of the East Coast.
Authors of a new report examined this issue as well as possible
solutions to its problems. Each year, the U.S. biomedical industry
harvests the blue blood from almost half a million living horseshoe
crabs for use in pharmaceuticals -- most notably, a product called
Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL), used to ensure vaccines and medical
equipment are free of bacterial contamination. This lifesaving product
can only be made from horseshoe crab blood.
A video from the lobster research lab of zoology professor Win Watson is
a finalist in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, which aims to engage
non-scientists and students in timely and relevant ocean science
research. The video will be viewed and judged by more than 30,000 middle
school students from around the world.
The environmental, and economic, costs of invasive species
UNH professor Larry Harris says invasive species found in New Hampshire
waters, like the didemnum, have economic impacts, ‘from clogging intakes
to cooling systems of water treatment plans to having a negative impact
For apple growers in the eastern United States, the biggest problem --
the most relentless, pervasive, unavoidable issue, which can ruin a
whole crop if not managed aggressively -- is apple scab. Researchers at
the University of New Hampshire are working on a new tool to combat the
apple scourge: A drone.
Why Disappearing Bees Mean You’ll Pay More for Almonds
Perhaps nothing illustrates the interconnectedness and global scale of
the food system better than the current almond market. Soaring prices
are a result of a variety of factors that include Chinese consumer
habits, weather patterns in the Midwest, economic sanctions against Iran
and even nicotine.
October 22, 2013, a group of undergraduates, alumni, and staff from the
University of New Hampshire (UNH) represented the New Hampshire
Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Life Sciences and
Agriculture (COLSA) during the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets
& Food’s Centenary Celebration at the State House in Concord.