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The Diamondback (Fri 13 Mar, 2015)
After snow, 10 tons of chemicals for melting ice could have lasting effects
Staff quoted: Bill Dennison
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While snow and ice from the storm last week has disappeared, the road salt used to get rid of it could create detrimental season-long environmental impacts, university landscape service officials said.

Acsess DL (Wed 11 Mar, 2015)
JEQ special section tackles vexing challenge: How to increase nitrogen use efficiency on farms
Staff quoted: Eric Davidson
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The ability to manufacture synthetic nitrogen fertilizer has been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it greatly improved human nutrition and well-being during the 20th century. On the other hand, it poses major human health risks and environmental challenges in our current century, the 21st.

Southern Maryland News (Tue 10 Mar, 2015)
Climate Commission Changes Gain Senate Approval, Now Head to House
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ANNAPOLIS--The Maryland Senate voted favorably Tuesday on a bill to expand and provide guidelines for membership and subdivisions of the Climate Change Commission, and now it heads to the House of Delegates for approval.

The Talbot Spy (Tue 10 Mar, 2015)
Out and About (Sort Of): Good for Grumbles on Conowingo by Howard Freedlander
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Last week, appearing before the Eastern Shore delegation, the then acting secretary of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE), Ben Grumbles, clarified a controversy that has raged the past few years ever since Maryland established Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to meet federal guidelines for the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

Capital Gazette (Mon 9 Mar, 2015)
Spring is definitely in the air
Staff quoted: Dave Secor
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in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious — E. E. Cummings

Bay Journal (Mon 9 Mar, 2015)
World experts discuss phosphorus' harmful impacts
Staff quoted: Walter Boynton
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The first rule of the Phosphorus Symposium: There will be no discussion of the PMT.

The Star Democrat (Wed 4 Mar, 2015)
Sea level rise a serious concern for Delmarva
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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For decades, the joke has been made that folks in Arizona can't wait for the big earthquake that sends breaks California off from the mainland, creating oceanfront property in the Grand Canyon State. We wonder if folks in central Maryland are likewise rooting for sea level rise to swallow the Delmarva Peninsula, turning Rockville into the new Ocean City.

The Baltimore Business Journal (Tue 3 Mar, 2015)
These 27 Baltimore-area startups are InvestMaryland Challenge semifinalists
Staff quoted: Ryan Powell
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Twenty-seven Baltimore-area companies are among the semifinalists for the state's InvestMaryland Challenge.

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (Mon 2 Mar, 2015)
Bacteria In Marine Sponges Harvest Phosphorus For Reef Community
Staff quoted: Russell Hill
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Did you ever wonder why the water is so clear around coral reefs? Scientists have known for years that sponges can filter water and gather nutrients from the ocean, making it appear crystal clear.

Chemical and Engineering News (Mon 2 Mar, 2015)
Sponge microbes corral phosphorus
Staff quoted: Russell Hill, Fan Zhang
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Coral reefs have mystified scientists for decades. Reefs support dazzlingly diverse ecosystems even though the water surrounding them appears to lack phosphorus, an element essential to life. A team of researchers led by Russell T. Hill of the University of Maryland has now shown that bacteria living in sponges could be sopping up substantial amounts of phosphorus and delivering it to the food chain as polyphosphate (Proc.Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423768112). While looking for nitrogen-fixing bacteria under a microscope, the team inadvertently discovered that three species of sponges from the Conch Reef, in the Florida Keys, harbored polyphosphate granules. Fan Zhang, a graduate student on the team, stained the bacteria with a dye that binds to DNA and normally fluoresces blue light. Zhang instead observed a yellow glow, which the dye can emit when bound to polyphosphate. The team confirmed the compound was responsible for the yellow shift by using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The team also found polyphosphate within microbial sponge symbionts and in bacteria cultured from sponge tissue, indicating the crystals are microbial in origin. —MD

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