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UDaily: Delaware Ag Week big on attendance and state's global future
01/22/2016 -

The 11th annual Delaware Agriculture Week concluded Jan. 14 after a four-day run, with Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee calling the event “the biggest Ag Week ever.” The event, held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and Delaware State University.

UDaily: UD to host seventh North American Duck Symposium in Annapolis
01/22/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology will host the seventh North American Duck Symposium from Monday, Feb. 1, to Friday, Feb. 5, at the Westin Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference is held every three years and this will mark the first time the symposium has been held in the Atlantic Flyway, one of four primary North American bird migration routes.

UDaily: Yan research team reports success with low-cost nickel-based catalyst
01/15/2016 -

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a popular comedy from the 1980s, but there’s nothing funny about the amount of energy consumed by our nation’s transportation sector. This sector — which includes passenger cars, trucks, buses, and rail, marine, and air transport — accounts for more than 20 percent of America’s energy use, mostly in the form of fossil fuels, so the search is on for environmentally friendly alternatives.

01/15/2016 -

Delaware is a small state, but it’s big enough for the climates in Selbyville and Talleyville (108 miles apart) to differ. Ditto the climates in Minquadale and Ellendale (75 miles apart). And even the climates on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and the Rehoboth Avenue traffic circle (less than a mile inland). Welcome to the world of microclimates. Delaware’s climates are most importantly about geography, said Kevin Brinson, associate state climatologist.

UDaily: Special journal issue honors contributions of environmental engineer
01/15/2016 -

Chin-Pao Huang, Donald C. Philips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, was recently honored with a special issue of the journal Separation and Purification Technology dedicated to his area of specialty. Focused on environmental nanotechnology and sustainability in water treatment, the issue includes 23 papers from an international slate of authors, many of whom have collaborated with Huang or been mentored by him during his 45-year career.

UDaily: UD researcher Jaclyn Smolinsky uses weather radar to find migratory bird hot spots
01/15/2016 -

Working at a bird banding station in Louisiana catching birds coming across the Gulf of Mexico, Jaclyn Smolinsky remembers one day leaving a site where they caught 300 to 400 birds and looking up at a tree where birds had chosen to rest and thinking that it looked like a Christmas tree.

UDaily: UD researchers evaluate how coral-seaweed interactions affect coral associated reef fishes
01/15/2016 -

A new study by the University of Delaware’s Danielle Dixson and Rohan Brooker has shown that butterflyfishes avoid coral that has come in contact with seaweed. The paper, which appeared this week in the Nature publication Scientific Reports, is the first to critically evaluate the impact coral-seaweed interactions will have on coral associated reef fishes, a key component of coral reef resilience.

UDaily: UD study seeks to better understand foraging competition between Adelie, gentoo penguins
01/15/2016 -

For hundreds of years, Adélie penguins have been breeding in the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), which has recently become one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. At Palmer Station, a U.S. research base located along the WAP, scientists have been monitoring Adélie penguin population declines for decades. There were 15,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins in 1975; but today only a few thousand pairs are left.

01/15/2016 -

If December seemed warmer that usual, that's because it was. And by a wide margin. Wilmington just recorded its warmest December on record with an average temperature of 49.4 degrees, nearly 7 degrees warmer than the old record of December 2001, when the average temperature was 42.5 degrees.

UDaily: UD research may lead to new control for devastating rice fungus
01/15/2016 -

In a “clash of the microbes,” University of Delaware plant scientists are uncovering more clues critical to disarming a fungus that is the number one killer of rice plants. The findings, published in December in Frontiers in Plant Science and in Current Opinion in Plant Biology, may lead to a more effective control for Magnaporthe oryzae, the fungus that causes rice blast disease.