News and Announcements

SBE Assistant Professor Víctor Ortega-Jiménez featured in New York Times and Science News for PNAS paper on the amazing aeronautics of springtails

Read the PNAS paper, Directional takeoff, aerial righting, and adhesion landing of semiaquatic springtails, here: https://www.pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.2211283119 Read the New York Times article, and watch some impressive videos here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/07/science/springtail-jumps.html And read the Science News story with video here: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/video-springtails-jumps-collembola

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Assistant Professor John Zhang publishes paper in journal New Phytologist

Per Dr. Zhang, the paper, titled Xylem conduit deformation across vascular plants: an evolutionary spandrel or protective valve? is an important contribution to plant hydraulics and plant physiology. It will change our view on how plants transport water; most vascular plants transport water using soft tubings (conduits) in leaves rather than rigid pipes (as we previously thought).” […]

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Bio Club hosts Bog Walk

Informational Session on October 5, 5:30 PM, in Murray Hall at UMaine, room 106 Please contact mason.fredericks@maine.edu for more info.

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Former student Dr. Rabern Simmons, along with his mentor, SBE’s Dr. Joyce Longcore, among the authors of a paper featured on the issue cover of the journal PNAS

It has been assumed that fungi are characterized by a haploid-dominant life cycle with a general absence of mitosis in the diploid stage (haplontic life cycles). However, this characterization is based largely on information for Dikarya, a group of fungi that contains mushrooms, lichens, molds, yeasts, and most described fungi. We now appreciate that most […]

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Honey for sale in 100 Murray

SBE has 100% wildflower honey for sale in 100 Murray Hall. Small bottles are $2 each. Large bottles are a deal at $3 each. All proceeds go to support SBE student activities.

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UMaine researchers testing wasps save Maine blueberries

University of Maine’s assistant professor of agricultural entomology Philip Fanning and his group have been in the labs of Deering Hall testing how to combat the problem of spotted wing drosophila on the loss of wild blueberry crops. Rather than looking to science, Fanning said they looked to nature. Learn more at https://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/umaine-researchers-testing-wasps-save-maine-blueberries/?fbclid=IwAR0Zx9b8xa5HChCEhXFN170XaHdy5M6n_pdbNUgTLjCSKSHspxmjMizOz70  

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The SBE Fall 2022 Seminar Series starts Friday, September 2

All seminars will be in person in the Mitchell Center from 3-4 pm unless otherwise indicated on our seminar page. Please join us Friday, September 2, for  Dr. Andrew Lover, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Targeting highest-risk populations for sustainable public health entomology: studies from Vietnam and Western Massachusetts

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