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11/05/2017 -

Microbes are everywhere — in humans they protect us from harmful bacteria and help us digest food; in soils, they provide nutrients and encourage growth of plants. Microbes even live in sediments below the seafloor where they play a key role in the underwater ecosystem. Scientists are identifying and characterizing more microbes each year using DNA sequencing technologies. As each new species is sequenced, scientists add it to the microbial “tree of life,” creating a virtual census of what’s there.

10/27/2017 -

U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester toured the University of Delaware wind turbine on the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes on Wednesday, October 18. UD wind energy experts Jeremy Firestone and Willett Kempton briefed the congresswoman on the state of wind energy in Delaware before Jairo Arias of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy led a tour of the 2-megawatt turbine, which is a collaborative effort between UD and Siemens Gamesa.

10/23/2017 -

The world’s coastal ecosystems — areas such as tidal marshes and mangrove forests — have the potential to store and sequester large amounts of carbon, collectively known as blue carbon. Former President Barack Obama in 2014 made research on understanding carbon dynamics in these coastal ecosystems a priority because of their importance to the global carbon cycle.

10/19/2017 -

The University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will host a panel discussion entitled “Building a Sustainable Agriculture” on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roselle Center for the Arts. The discussion is the first in a series initiated by CANR Dean Mark Rieger, who asked Ed Kee, an executive in residence with the college and former Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, to organize the speaker series. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 3 p.m. and a question-and-answer period will follow the speakers’ presentations.

10/19/2017 -

The University of Delaware Police Department (UDPD) has enhanced its community-oriented policing philosophy with the addition two new electric motorcycles that will enable officers to easily patrol the campus and increase interaction with students, faculty, staff and visitors. UDPD is the first police agency in the Mid-Atlantic region to incorporate electric motorcycles into its operations.

10/19/2017 -

Former coal miners or citizens whose lives have been shaped by the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia will soon learn how to establish and operate bee colonies thanks to help from the University of Delaware’s Debbie Delaney. Delaney, associate professor of entomology in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, spent her summer in Summers County working as a consultant through Appalachian Headwaters, which is a non-profit organization that formed the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. Delaney said that the goal was to help get the socioeconomic growth program up and running for displaced miners in 14 counties in southern West Virginia.

07/19/2017 -

Even in sediment cores extracted more than a mile beneath the ocean floor, you’ll find them. Tiny organisms only a cell in size chug along ever so slowly. Jennifer Biddle, a marine microbiologist at the University of Delaware, often wondered why these microbes living deep in Earth’s crust look so similar to microbes up here at the surface, in forests and streams. What would it take these "locals" to adapt to a much slower lifestyle down in the depths?

UD-developed V2G technology to be used in California project
07/18/2017 -

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies developed at the University of Delaware may help clean energy transportation gain a foothold in California.

Nuvve Corp., which licenses the UD-developed technology, announced earlier this month that it has teamed up with University of California San Diego to demonstrate on a large scale how electric vehicles can be turned into virtual power plants, feeding energy back to the grid while connected via a charging platform.

UD and Global Green Growth Institute establish research partnership
07/14/2017 -

The University of Delaware and the Global Green Growth Institute have announced a research partnership to support a global transition toward a green economy.

The overall idea is to foster sustainable economic growth and development in ways that fuel the economy at regional, national and global levels while ensuring the Earth’s natural assets remain available to future generations.

06/15/2017 -

To best understand landscapes and how different ecosystems interact with one another, sometimes it’s necessary to take a bird’s-eye view. It was with that in mind that the University of Delaware’s Jeff Buler took students from his landscape ecology class up in a hot air balloon, so they could appreciate the inner workings of a landscape from the slow-moving confines of a hot air balloon basket.