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 Get Your Copy of the 2021 UNH Dairy Research Report

Get Your Copy of the 2021 UNH Dairy Research Report

The 2021 UNH Dairy Research Report, which presents the latest dairy research conducted at the University of New Hampshire, will be available in December. Dairy producers can sign up now to receive a print copy of the report, which is a publication of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and UNH Cooperative Extension.  "It's exciting to be able to share such a variety of science-based...
Researchers are developing a unique monitoring system for wildlife in the Granite State to help inform management and conservation decisions.

UNH Researchers Developing Unique Wildlife Monitoring System for Granite State

With more than 81 percent of New Hampshire represented by forested lands home to more than 500 vertebrate animals, the Granite State's wildlife populations are important to the ecological, recreational, and economic sustainability of the state. Managing and conserving New Hampshire’s wildlife species requires robust data on where they are located and the size of their populations. However, this...
UNH scientists are investigating supplementation of dairy cow diets with seaweed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve milk quality and animal health.

UNH Scientists Share $13M in Grants to Study Benefits of Feeding Dairy Cows Seaweeds

Most people are unlikely to associate seaweed with dairy production. But University of New Hampshire scientists will be working to change that, sharing two grants totaling nearly $13 million to investigate supplementation of dairy cow diets with seaweed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve milk quality and animal health.  New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers André...
Large black bear looks directly at a trail camera

Research Snapshot: Spying on Wildlife

Trail cameras help researchers monitor N.H.’s wildlife
This bear appeared ready for its close-up as it wandered in front of a trail camera, one of several deployed across southeastern New Hampshire by Remington Moll, assistant professor of natural resources and the environment. Moll, his Ph.D. student Andrew Butler, and research partners from New Hampshire Fish and Game are harnessing the increased quality of trail cameras and improved models for...
Woodland animals such as mice play an essential role in keeping forests healthy and thriving.

Tiniest Woodland Animals Play Critical Role in Keeping Forests Healthy

Robust forest growth and regeneration are critical to ensuring economic sustainability of New Hampshire's timber industry. And it is the tiniest of woodland animals that play an essential role in keeping forests healthy and thriving, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. Ryan Stephens, lead researcher of the experiment station-funded project, explained...
Stuart Grandy, professor of soil biogeochemistry and fertility, and Paula Mouser, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, have received a two-year USDA equipment grant for $323,025 to purchase an ultra-high-performance high resolution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry instrument (UHPLC-MS/MS) similar to the instrument here.

UNH Scientists Receive $1M to Support Critical Soil Sustainability Research

University of New Hampshire scientists have received three grants totaling $1 million that will support research addressing urgent questions in soil sustainability and, ultimately, resilient food production in New Hampshire and beyond. The projects range from using state-of-the-art instrumentation to determine components that help build soil organic matter, to increasing soil microbes' ability to...
NH by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020

New Hampshire is Becoming More Diverse, with Children at the Forefront

Hispanics are State’s Largest Minority Population
New Hampshire is becoming a more diverse state, with children at the forefront of the demographic changes in the past decade, according to a new analysis from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Station researcher Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer for the Carsey School and an Andrew Carnegie fellow, said the Granite State’s population...
While extensive mastitis research exists, there is limited data regarding the whole genomes of pathogens that cause the infections, and thus large gaps in our understanding of the bacteria and how or why they lead to the disease.

UNH Scientists Receive $650,000 Grant to Study Genetics of Costly Dairy Cattle Disease

Mastitis Costs Worldwide Dairy Industry an Estimated $2 Billion a Year
Mastitis, which is an infection of the milk-producing mammary gland, is one of the most prevalent and costly diseases in dairy cattle, with an estimated worldwide cost of an average of $2 billion a year. Even with this major cost, there is limited information about the genetic makeup of the bacteria that cause mastitis.  Researchers at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the...
Female researcher scoops into large fish tank with net

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, is testing whether using lumpfish as “cleanerfish” — fish that eat parasites off other fish — may be a sustainable way to manage a common parasite known as sea lice...
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...