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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.

UDaily: Paper estimates widespread tree death in Southwestern forests under global warming scenarios
01/15/2016 -

A research paper published today in Nature Climate Change predicts widespread death of needleleaf evergreen trees (NET) within the Southwest United States by the year 2100 under projected global warming scenarios. The research team that conducted the study, which includes University of Delaware’s Sara Rauscher, considered both field results and a range of validated regional predictions and global simulation models of varying complexity, in reaching this grim conclusion.

01/15/2016 -

While the recent Paris summit helped move global leaders onto the same page on climate change, the next step is figuring out exactly how to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government has spent millions of dollars to fund research and technology to create algae-based biofuel and scientists are starting to make headway toward making it competitive when it comes to cost.

01/15/2016 -

Last weekend in Paris, delegates from 195 nations came together and pledged to cut global greenhouse gas emissions. They decided on an ambitious goal - limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Reaching such a goal could go a long way toward making progress on mitigating some consequences of climate change, such as sea level rise, extreme heat and drought. University of Delaware professor of energy and climate policy John Byrne was among the experts who attended the climate summit. This week, he discussed his experience in Paris and this new agreement with Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen.

01/15/2016 -

Unlike some other places across the country, most notably California, Delaware is not dealing with a water supply issue. Data shows little decline in the stockpile of water stored in the layer cake of aquifers that lie beneath the state. In many cases, that water is millions of years old, laid down amid the sands and sediments of geologic epochs.

UDaily: Paper estimates widespread tree death in Southwestern forests under global warming scenarios
12/22/2015 -

research paper published today in Nature Climate Changepredicts widespread death of needleleaf evergreen trees (NET) within the Southwest United States by the year 2100 under projected global warming scenarios.

The research team that conducted the study, which includes University of Delaware’s Sara Rauscher, considered both field results and a range of validated regional predictions and global simulation models of varying complexity, in reaching this grim conclusion.

12/18/2015 -

Research papers can contain quite a bit of complicated and academic language. Danielle Dixson knows that. But the assistant professor at the University of Delaware's Lewes campus wants to have her research be more accessible to the masses. To do so, she takes her papers and makes children's books out of them.

UDaily: Computer science students collaborate with environmental educator
12/18/2015 -

As an environmental educator, Maggie Pletta wants children to learn about estuaries, which are bodies of water found where rivers meet the sea. But she knows that kids are a lot more likely to learn from computer games with names like Swamp Sweeper and Estuary Adventure than they are from books, lectures or posters.

12/18/2015 -

f you're looking for a white Christmas, your best bet is to head west of the Rockies. It has been a warm fall in the Mid-Atlantic and the next three months are expected to be warmer and wetter than average, according to forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Branch.

UDaily: Armstrong offers students hands-on learning opportunities at UD's Webb Farm
12/18/2015 -

As he took night classes in ornamental horticulture at the University of Delaware, Larry Armstrong realized something about the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) of which he had been previously unaware -- the college had a livestock farm. Having grown up on a 400-acre farm with sheep, beef cattle and horses, Armstrong said to himself that if a job ever opened up on the farm, he would jump at the opportunity.