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Killing Them Softly: How a Virus Infected the Peeler Crab, and How One Researcher Found a Way to Hold it at Bay

Rona Kobell • January 4, 2018

All year long, hundreds of crab legs arrive in the mail at Baltimore’s Columbus Center, home of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology.


What’s Next for Oyster Aquaculture: Maryland Scientists Meet with Growers to Identify New Research Priorities

Rona Kobell • December 15, 2017

A decade ago, Donald Webster could count the number of oyster farms in the state of Maryland on two hands. 


A Suite of Sustainable Farming Practices Improves Bay Water Quality

Alex Lopatka • December 8, 2017

The water quality of American streams has declined for years, and a leading cause is fertilizer and pesticide runoff from agricultural land. The policy tool most often employed in Maryland to reduce this pollution has been cost sharing, where the state pays farmers to adopt more sustainable farming methods.


Monitoring Harmful Algae Effectively May Require Eyes on the Ground and In the Sky

Alex Lopatka • December 7, 2017

Researchers presented new methods for studying harmful algae in the Chesapeake Bay and other locations during the ninth U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae held in Baltimore this November. One emerging idea was to use satellite imagery to identify individual species of harmful algal blooms and monitor their activity.


By Lowering the Nutrients, the Susquehanna Flats SAV Bed Enhanced Its Own Recovery

Alex Lopatka • December 1, 2017

The more they grew, the better they did: New research shows that underwater grasses in the Susquehanna Flats in the upper Chesapeake Bay created conditions favorable to their resurgence there, by removing excess nitrogen from the water.  


The Blue Crab: Callinectes Sapidus

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