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Research Snapshot: Raising Lumpfish

These “cleanerfish” could provide an aquaculture solution
At UNH’s Coastal Marine Lab in New Castle, N.H., Elizabeth Fairchild raises and researches lumpfish as a potential pest-management solution for the aquaculture industry. Fairchild, research associate professor of biological sciences and scientist with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, is testing whether using lumpfish as “cleanerfish” — fish that eat parasites off other fish —...
UNH Scientists Unravel More Mysteries About Beech Bark Disease

UNH Scientists Unravel More Mysteries About Beech Bark Disease

Complex Disease Has Devastated Beech Trees for Nearly 100 Years
A tree with beech bark disease. More than half of New Hampshire’s deciduous and mixed forest land is dominated by maple, birch, and beech trees, which not only define the picturesque scenery but contribute to the economic resiliency of New Hampshire communities and help sustain many wildlife species. But similar to billions of trees in eastern North American forests that have been killed by...
UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. Credit: Scott Ripley/UNH

Visit UNH Research Farms on Durham Farm Day Saturday Aug. 21

Preregistration Required Due to COVID-19 Protocols
Growers and the public are invited to visit two research farms at the University of New Hampshire on Durham Farm Day Saturday, Aug. 21. The Woodman Horticultural Research Farm and the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, both facilities of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, will be open for free public tours. Preregistration is required. The Woodman Horticultural Research...
UNH Researchers Receive $1.2M Grant to Study Seasonal Soil Freeze and Thaw

UNH Researchers Receive $1.2M Grant to Study Seasonal Soil Freeze and Thaw

“Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast," Robert Frost wrote in “Mending Wall.”  The frost heaves that turn New England roads and their drivers into a bumpy, grumpy mess are one of many consequences of the seasonal soil freeze and thaw cycle that impacts about half...
lobster cage underwater

Solving a Million Dollar Problem

UNH giving big assist to state aquaculture industry
A pesky little jellyfish-like animal is causing major problems—and major costs—for aquaculture everywhere by choosing to permanently live on aquafarming equipment, reducing production sustainability. New research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire sheds light on ways to dissuade these animals at early, larval stage from calling aquaculture...
Researchers will use drone-based Light Detection and Ranging to identify and predict forest features critical for snowshoe hare and American marten in the Northern Forest.

UNH Researchers Receive Grants to Address Forestry Priorities of Granite State

Innovative NH Research Explores How Forests Respond to Drought, Changing Migration Patterns During COVID, and How Microhabitat Influences Biodiversity
Three researchers from the University of New Hampshire will receive grants for research that will address priority issues facing forest stakeholders in the Northern Forest region. These three grants total nearly $600,000 are among 11 announced by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) directors, who represent the 26 million acres of the Northern Forest region in Maine, New Hampshire...
Luke Hydock, manager of the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, has been honored with a 2021 Dean's Award for Distinction.

Macfarlane Research Greenhouses Manager Honored with 2021 Dean’s Award for Distinction

Hydock Facilitated Construction of $2.6M Greenhouse Addition
Luke Hydock, manager of the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, has been honored with a 2021 Dean's Award for Distinction. Hydock was presented with the award at a recent online gathering of members of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and retiring faculty and staff.  “I am honored to have...
Scientists will discuss their research findings about improving colostrum quality and quantity at a Dairy Research Field Day Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Improving Colostrum in Dairy Cows is Focus of UNH Dairy Research Field Day June 15

Colostrum, the first milk calves drink, is essential to building the immune systems of the calves, and thus, their survival. At the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, scientists have focused on how to improve the quality and quantity of colostrum.  They will discuss their research findings about improving colostrum quality and...
Aquaculture structures with Ectopleura colonies on the sides. (Credit: UNH)

UNH Scientists Aim to Solve a Million Dollar Problem for Aquaculture Industry

Red Lights Don’t Stop Just Cars
A pesky little jellyfish-like animal is causing major problems—and major costs—for aquaculture everywhere by choosing to permanently live on aquafarming equipment, reducing production sustainability. However, new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture sheds light on possible ways to dissuade these animals at early,...
Becky Sideman

UNH Research Takes Center Stage on NH Agriculture Radio Show

NH Department of Ag Series Runs on WNTK
Did you know you can make syrup from sycamore trees? And that seedless table grapes grown locally taste nothing like what you get at the grocery store? How about that wet brewers grains are a sustainable, cost-effective alternative for heifer feed? And did you know that researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences are working to solve a million-...
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Salt Found to Preserve Shelf Life of Alternate, Low-Cost Feed for Dairy Heifers

Optimism Grows for Using Residues from Brewery Industry
Heifers at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center are fed wet brewers grains. In the past decade, the number of New Hampshire craft brewers has increased from 15 to 93. What happens to all of that grain when the brewing process is complete? Fortunately, wet   brewers grains have shown promise as a cost-effective, high-nutrient feed replacement for conventional dairy feed. And new...
Seedless Table Grapes

Learn About the Best Varieties of Seedless Table Grapes to Grow in NH

UNH scientists present results at virtual research field day May 6
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different varieties of grapes, but you can find only red, green, and black grapes at the local grocery store? New Hampshire vineyard managers, backyard enthusiasts, and consumers one day may enjoy the diverse tastes of locally grown seedless table grapes. New research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life...