News & Events

  • Mon, 12/09/2019

    UNH Ecologist Named One of Most Highly Cited Researchers in World

    Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology at the University of New Hampshire and a researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the world, a prestigious distinction earned by fewer than 0.1 percent of scientists globally.
  • Tue, 12/03/2019

    Wired: Melting ski resorts are developing a fatal addiction to snow machines

    With thousands of snowmaking devices dotted around the world’s ski resorts gobbling energy, some have questioned how much they are themselves contributing to the very climatic changes that have altered natural snowfall. NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Elizabeth Burakowski says snowmaking operations that don’t rely on renewable energy risk becoming part of the problem.
  • Wed, 11/27/2019

    Union Leader: UNH dairy researchers studying calves and heifers to improve farming in state

    Research being conducted on calves and heifers at the University of New Hampshire is geared at helping dairy farmers in the state.
  • Tue, 11/26/2019

    Morning Ag Clips: Research boosts New England's Thanksgiving bounty

    As New Englanders prepare to gather with family and friends this week, their Thanksgiving table may be filled with an abundant supply of delicious, locally and regionally grown foods due to extensive agricultural research conducted by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Mon, 11/25/2019

    UNH Agricultural Research Boosts New England’s Thanksgiving Bounty

    As New Englanders prepare to gather with family and friends this week, their Thanksgiving table may be filled with an abundant supply of delicious, locally and regionally grown foods due to extensive agricultural research conducted by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.
  • N.H. Population Change from 2000 to 2018.
    Tue, 11/19/2019

    Migration is Biggest Driver of Population Change in New Hampshire

    The Granite State continues to depend on migration for most of its population growth, and the state is becoming more racially diverse, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Tue, 11/19/2019

    Concord Monitor: Report details shifts in state’s population

    The Granite State continues to depend on migration for most of its population growth, and the state is becoming more racially diverse, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Mon, 11/18/2019

    Fosters: Is pay-as-you-throw trash worth cost? Durham to decide

    Pay as you throw is not a particularly new concept. Roughly three dozen New Hampshire cities and towns use this model, including Dover, Somersworth and Raymond. Research from the University of New Hampshire shows these programs boost recycling and reduce trash volumes. “Households respond to economic incentives,” said John Halstead, UNH professor of natural resources and the environment, said in a news release issued last year. “With unit-based pricing, the cost to the household may increase to dispose of trash, but the incentive to recycle is greater.”
  • Thu, 11/14/2019

    Union Leader: UNH research: Warmer winters benefit grasslands more than forests

    "While we might think a longer growing season means that forests can take up more carbon, this can be offset if warm winters cause soils to thaw and lose carbon long before tree growth begins.”  
  • Wed, 11/13/2019

    Concord Monitor: Grasslands beat forests in taking advantage of warming winters

    As the climate changes, Northeast winters are warming more rapidly than other times of the year. While this may mean favorable growing conditions start earlier in the year, some ecosystems, such as perennial grasslands, can take better advantage of that change than others, such as forests, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Forest understory with melting snoFog over melting snowpack in forest understory at Thompson Farm forest. Credit: Rebecca Sanders-DeMott/UNHw at Thompson Farm forest. Credit: Rebecca Sanders-DeMott/UNH
    Tue, 11/12/2019

    Grasslands Better than Forests at Taking Advantage of Northeast’s Warming Winters

    As climate changes, Northeast winters are warming more rapidly than other times of the year. While this may mean favorable growing conditions start earlier in the year, some ecosystems, such as perennial grasslands, can take better advantage of that change than others, such as forests, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Wed, 11/06/2019

    Union Leader: UNH researchers take to trees to study nitrogen, carbon levels

    Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have received a National Science Foundation Award to better understand how forests and other vegetation affect nitrogen and carbon in the environment.
  • Mon, 11/04/2019

    UNH Researchers Investigate How Diverse Forests, Watersheds Control Nitrogen and Carbon

    Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have received a National Science Foundation Award to better understand how forests and other vegetation control nitrogen and sequester carbon in watersheds and how this dynamic varies in different types of landscapes as well as under climate variability. Nitrogen is a nutrient that is both critical for life but, in excess, causes coastal algal blooms. Carbon storage helps offset greenhouse gases.
  • Fri, 11/01/2019

    Seed World: For Jack o’ Lanterns, White is the New Orange

    Brent Loy’s experiment station-funded work, which has largely taken place at the experiment station’s Kingman Research Farm, Woodman Horticultural Research Farm and Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, has resulted in more than 80 new varieties of cucurbits  — squash, pumpkins, gourds, and melons — sold in seed catalogs throughout the world. Along with cucurbit breeding introduced by the late A.F. Yeager in 1940, this breeding research represents the longest continuous squash and pumpkin breeding program in North America.
  • Wed, 10/30/2019

    Water: Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge Winners: Data And Decisions To Manage Excess Nutrients

    In Durham, New Hampshire, a research team at the University of New Hampshire deployed low-cost nutrient sensors to assess amount and timing of nitrate fluxes through reservoirs.
  • Wed, 10/30/2019

    Perishable News: For Jack o’ Lanterns, White is the New Orange

    Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween. At the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire, researchers have ensured that pumpkin lovers have plenty of variety to choose from, including the popular white pumpkins, when decorating for this spookiest holiday of the year.
  • Tue, 10/29/2019

    Morning Ag Clips: For Jack o’ Lanterns, white is the new orange

    For more than 80 years, UNH has made a substantial contribution to Halloween and autumn because of its breeding of new and often unique varieties of pumpkins. Currently under the direction of Brent Loy, professor emeritus and researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, of the 150 or so pumpkin varieties available from Northeast seed companies, more than 30 hybrid pumpkin varieties contain either one or two parental lines from UNH pumpkin breeding.
  • Tue, 10/29/2019

    NHPR: As Dartmouth Tries To Move Away From Fossil Fuels, What Role Will Biomass Play?

    John Gunn researches the different ways that forests play a role in mitigating climate change. He says there are a number of factors that make using wood as an energy source complicated. One of those is how trees are chosen for harvest. “All harvests are not equal in terms of the potential outcome, so looking at the type of practices used to supply energy markets is a key piece to the whole equation,” he said.
  • Moonshine was the first white pumpkin released from UNH, a medium-size pumpkin with a dark handle.
    Mon, 10/28/2019

    For Jack o’ Lanterns, White is the New Orange

    mpkins are synonymous with Halloween. At the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire, researchers have ensured that pumpkin lovers have plenty of variety to choose from, including the popular white pumpkins, when decorating for this spookiest holiday of the year.
  • Thu, 10/24/2019

    NIFA Update: Making a Difference

    University of New Hampshire’s Agricultural Experiment Station researchers have more than doubled the annual yield of strawberries and quadrupled the length of the N.H. harvest season by growing specific varieties of fruit in specific conditions.
  • Tue, 10/22/2019

    Union Leader: UNH research finds growers can substantially boost strawberry season

    New research out of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station provides a road map for growers seeking to increase production during what is normally considered the off-season for locally grown strawberries.
  • Tue, 10/22/2019

    Morning Ag Clips: N.H. growers can expand strawberry season

    “Our study shows that local strawberries can be grown from early summer through late fall in our area. This is yet another illustration of the diversity of crops that can be grown in this part of the country during months that were previously considered the off-season,” said Kaitlyn Orde, research associate who worked with experiment station researcher Becky Sideman, professor of sustainable agriculture and food systems and UNH Cooperative Extension professor and specialist in sustainable horticulture production.
  • New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers at the University of New Hampshire have more than doubled the annual yield of strawberries and quadrupled the length of the N.H. harvest season by growing specific varieties of fruit in specific conditions.
    Mon, 10/21/2019

    UNH Research Finds N.H. Growers Can Substantially Boost Strawberry Season

    New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers at the University of New Hampshire have more than doubled the annual yield of strawberries and quadrupled the length of the N.H. harvest season by growing specific varieties of fruit in specific conditions. The new research provides a road map for growers seeking to increase local production during what is normally considered the off season for locally grown strawberries.
  • Mon, 10/21/2019

    NHPR: Opossum, Porcupine, and Fisher: Some Underappreciated N.H. Creatures

    We focus on some of New Hampshire's under-appreciated animals: opossum, porcupine, and fisher. They don't grab headlines like the state's larger wildlife, like moose or bear. In fact, they are often viewed as nuisances. But these mammals play an important role in our ecosystem and have had their own recent struggles, including a fatal fungus affecting porcupines and a decline in fisher populations.
  • Mon, 10/14/2019

    Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation

    The NH Agricultural Experiment Station recently hosted “Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation:  Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat.” Pollinators are essential for most of the fruit and vegetable crops produced in New England. The value of pollination to agriculture is estimated at more than $200 billion a year worldwide. However, the abundance of and diversity of pollinators are declining in landscapes across the United States.