New lab would expand pest, disease monitoring

ORONO — The concept of biosecurity has moved to the mainstream, as threats from pests and disease spread through international travel are seen and more clearly understood. At the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service’s Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, scientists tasked with diagnosing and monitoring diseases and pests that can affect plant, animal

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Go small and go home

BROOKSVILLE — A small but elegant house overlooks a vast flowered field on one side, a wooded copse and the winding Bagaduce River on the other. On a cloudless summer day, a symphony of crickets fills the air. The scene is one of perfect enjoyment for Chris Noble and his wife, Christine Farrow-Noble, who have

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