• Agroborealis, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Summer 2007)

      School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007)
      Forage & turf: the career of G. Allen Mitchell: Allen Mitchell's 36-year career has been devoted to finding better forage for animals, plants for revegetation, and good tough turfgrasses capable of withstanding Alaska's harsh winters-it's nice to have a good green for one's northern golf game. / Doreen Fitzgerald -- Wasps: the good, the bad, and the not-so-bad: Summer 2006 was a banner year for wasps in interior Alaska, much to the chargrin of picnic-goers-and with fatal consequences for two Fairbanksans. / Peter J. Landolt, Alberto Pantoja, Aaron Hagerty, Daryl Green, and Susan Emmert, with introduction by Deirdre Helfferich -- Dragonhead mint: it's for the birds: A wild northern mint may be just what the chickadee ordered-and birdwatchers looking to buy birdseed from Alaska farmers. / Deirdre Helfferich, from a research report by Bob Van Veldhuizen and Charlie Knight -- Coastal carbon: what's happening as the arctic coastline erodes?: Alaska's northern coastlines are becoming exposed to more open water as sea ice melts, and storm surges and wave action are accelerating erosion in the Arctic. Scientists want to better understand the transfer of soil sediments, carbon, and nutrients from terrestrial ecosystems to near-shore waters, and the effects of this erosion. / Doreen Fitzgerald -- The Musk ox: wooly and warm in a northern fiber industry: Qiviut is the soft, long, and warm underwool of muskoxens; it is sold as an expensive luxury fiber in specialty yarn shops. Clothing made from it is marketed as exclusive, exotic fashion, and commands a high price. The allure and value of qiviut could mean that an economically viable, specialty fiber industry based on this muskox product might be ripe for development in Alaska and Canada. / Deirdre Helfferich -- Local herbs!: Tanana Valley farmers and chefs interviewed in this senior thesis survey reveal that local is good: fresh herbs are in demand, and restaurants will pay top dollar for locally grown produce-if the farmer provides good service, timely delivery, high quality, and the right herbs. / Jacquelyn Denise Goss
    • Agroborealis, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2007-2008)

      School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007)
      Bonita J. Neiland remembered: The woman instrumental in founding the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences was a scientist ahead of her time. / Dorren Fitzgerald / Biomass for biofuels: not all trees are created equal: Alaska has vast stretches of forest: woody biomass that could be investigated for its potential as biofuel. Basic research is needed to determine the chemical composition and characteristics of the state's vast stores of the only renewable resource available capable of producing complex hydrocarbons. SNRAS researchers are conducting preliminary research into this potential through liquefaction of different tree species. / Andres Soria -- Muskox husbandry: Three commercial muskox farms and the University of Alaska Fairbanks are working on developing best practices for raising, feeding, and caring for muskoxen. / Deirdre Helfferich -- Boreal forest soils: nutrient cycling, microbes, and the fate of oil: In a long-term research experiment begun in 1977, a deliberate oil spill was created by researchers to study the effects of terrestrial oils spills on arctic and subarctic soils, microbes, and vegetation. In 2004, the experiment took an abrupt jog into uncharted territory when a wildfire burned through the closely-monitored study site. Yet, the destruction of one set of conditions laid the groundwork for new insight into nitrogen cycling and fire effects on boreal forest soils. / Doreen Fitzgerald, based on Jessica Garron's End of an Era of Experimental Oil Spill Sites -- Conflicting wildlife mandates: A new legal analysis finds that Alaska's wildlife management statute directly conflicts with the management mandates laid out by Congress in the National Park Service Organic Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. / Article adapted by Doreen Fitzgerald from original by Julie Lurman -- Agriculture 100 years ago: the search for self-sufficiency: Farmers in Fairbanks a century ago struggled with the same issues as we face today: competition from Outside, disbelief that agriculture is viable in the north, domestic animals and plants ill-adapted to Alaska's climate, lack of supporting infrastructure and organizations. In setting out to overcome these obstacles, they provided their modern counterparts with valuable examples in the search for a sustainable northern food industry. / Excerpts from Like a Tree to the Soil, by Jo Papp and Josie Phillips
    • Agroborealis, Vol. 40, No. 1. (Spring 2009)

      School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009)
      Geography -- Counting on tradition: Math in a Cultural Context Adds Up: This award-winning educational program provides resources for teachers in math, geography, social studies, and other curricula, using Yup'ik concepts. / Nancy Tarnai -- Forest Sciences -- Log cabin building workshop: From Hangar to Woods: A hands-on workshop using local material resulted in a recreational cabin for the Sitka Ranger District. / Valerie Barber -- High-Latitude Agriculture -- The Midnight Sun-flower: Selection for early maturity in a sunwheat cultivar began sixteen years ago, resulting in a new but unofficial variety. / Bob Van Veldhuizen -- Natural Resources -- Biomass fuels: Local Energy, Local Jobs, and Community Resilience: Affordable, sustainable sources of heating fuel may be within walking distance of interior Alaska's rural communities. / Nancy Fresco and F. Stuart Chapin III -- How to save Old Faithful: Geyser Protection Areas: Geothermal power generation holds great promise as an alternative energy source, but unless it is managed carefully, another important natural resource will go extinct: the world's geyser basins. / Kenneth Barrick -- Two for the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps masters international program at SNRAS is seeing its first returnee from two years of corps work and graduate coursework, and its second entrant into the corps. / Nancy Tarnai -- Events, People, & Places -- The IPY at UAF: The 4th International Polar Year has drawn on a long history of global scientific cooperation. UAF and SNRAS scientists are at the forefront of work on global change. / Nancy Tarnai and the IPY International Programme Office -- A sustainable PhD -- Kerttula Hall dedication -- James Drew: piloting agriculture -- Leslie A. Viereck: infectious curiosity -- News & Publications
    • Agroborealis, Vol. 41, Number 1 (2010)

      School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010)
      [Geography] -- AMSA: the future of arctic marine shipping: With more shipping traffic in the north and greater marine access due to the retreat of Arctic sea ice, the Arctic states needed to develop a strategy to protect the maritime Arctic, its people, and the environment -- [Forest Sciences] -- Changing the forest and the trees - Is it climate?: Sunspots, sun cycles, El Ninos, La Ninas, atmospheric oscillations, greenhouse gases: climate change has begun to affect the boreal more than any other forest region. / Glenn Patrick Juday -- One Tree in the Tanana Valley: Take one entire tree, and make everything you can out of it-including science and art education. / Nancy Tarnai -- Forest Dynamics & Management: This program monitors the growth and change in Alaska's forests, looking at forest health, characteristics, and regeneration. / Jingjing Liang and Tom Maline -- [High-Latitude Agriculture] -- Alaska's food (in)security: Alaskans have become aware that their food security is precarious - and they're doing something about it. / Deirdre Helfferich and Nancy Tarnai -- Leafhoppers: In Alaska, potato production accounts for 14 percent of total agricultural crop revenues, but the insect pests that can affect them are poorly understood. / Alberto Pantoja, Aaron M. Hagerty, Susan Y. Emmert, and Joseph E. Munyaneza -- You are my Sunshine!: The author took up the challenge: to make a beer brewed with Sunshine Hulless Barley, developed by AFES and released in 2009. / Anita Hartmann -- Reindeer market project makes history: For the first time, reindeer are 4-H project livestock. / George Aguiar -- Security of the red meat supply: Red meat for Alaskans, like other aspects of the food supply in the northernmost state, is dependent upon Outside sources. / Thomas F. Paragi, S. Craig Gerlach, and Alison M. Meadow -- [Natural Resources] -- Salmon and alder: Gasification of Low-Value Biomass in Alaska: Converting Alaska-specific biomass into a volatile hydrocarbon mixture could offset fuel use in remote locations. / Shawn Freitas, Andres Soria, and Cindy Bower -- Unlocking hydrocarbons from biomass: In the world of renewable energy, biomass is the sole source capable of producing hydrocarbons, the raw material needed for fuel, plastics, and the variety of products that maintain the economy. / Andres Soria -- Carex spectabilis: A Sedge for Landscaping and Revegetation in Alaska: Establishing groundcover on barren ground can be a challenge in Alaska; an indigenous sedge may provide a solution. / Jay D. McKendrick -- [People] -- Horace Drury: In Momoriam: This former director of the Alaska Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station faced the challenge of 'new problems in a new land'. / Nancy Tarnai -- [News & Publications]
    • Agroborealis, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Winter 2011-2012)

      School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska (Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2011)
      [Geography] -- The Alaska Food Policy Council: Everyone knows that food is important, but our dependence upon Outside for the stuff of life has finally begun to seem, well, just a little discomfiting to Alaska's policymakers. Once again, Alaskans are searching for a way to feed themselves. / Deirdre Helfferich -- Supermarkets in Fairbanks: Food must be affordable as well as accessible for a community to achieve food security. How well does Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city, stack up in this regard? / Alison Meadow -- [High-Latitude Agriculture] -- Homegrown Alaska: Farmer Profiles Open the Eyes of the Interior to the Scope of Local Agriculture: The scope of food grown by Interior farmers is staggering, and the breadth and variety of the farmers' characters is equally impressive. From Bethel to North Pole to Manley Hot Springs, there's more growing here than most people realize. / Nancy Tarnai -- Assessing Food security in Fairbanks, Alaska: There's a lot of farmers in the Interior, but finding out what they grow, what they need, and where they sell their agricultural products can by tricky. This senior thesis project answers several questions about agriculture in the Tanana Valley and points the way to determining how best to improve food security in the Fairbanks area. /Charles Caster -- Recovering from an aberration: The Future of Alaska's Livestock: Livestock is an integral part of agriculture, and this is true in Alaska as anywhere else: animals are raised for meat, milk, fiber, transportation, labor, and companionship. Or is there a difference in the Last Frontier? / Deirdre Helfferich -- Greenhouse: a place to grow: When the forty-year-old Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station greenhouse on the West Ridge of the UAF campus was dismantled, it was only a matter of months before a brand-new teaching and research greenhouse was constructed. / Nancy Tarnai and Deirdre Helfferich -- ARS shuts the door on Alaska research: Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack approved the closure of twelve Agricultural Research Service stations, including the ARS in Alaska, and despite a plea from US Senator Mark Begich. When the Sub-Arctic Research Unit and its gene bank close, the door will shut on a long history of research that won't be easily picked up by anyone else. / Nancy Tarnai -- [Events, People, & Places] Food -- Food Day begins with a bang: The first national Food Day celebration was inaugurated in 2011, and UAF was right there with an Iron Chef Surf vs. Turf Cookoff Challenge, Food Jeopardy, films, displays, and a delicious free all-local buffet. / Nancy Tarnai -- Buzz Klebesadel: An Alaskan author, scientist, and agricultural leader has passed on. -- [Natural Resources] -- Fisheries and food security in Alaska: Any discussion of food security in Alaska is incomplete without at least some attention to the current and potential role of fisheries. For thousands of years, coastal and living marine resources have provided a keystone for the cultural, economic, and environmental health and wellbeing of Alaska's people and communities. / Philip A. Loring and Hannah L. Harrison -- Seed libraries: Seed-Sharing on a Community Level: While many people are familiar with the concept of a seed bank, not so many are acquainted with the idea of a seed library. Now this new kind of lending institution has come to Alaska. / Deirdre Helfferich -- A guide to bumblebees of the Interior: A Taxonomic Key and Notes on BOMBUS Species: Bumblebees are important pollinators, and can even be more efficient than honeybees at crop pollination. Their tongues are longer, they can buzz pollinate, and there are lots of them in Alaska. With the recent die-offs of honeybees due to Colony Collapse Disorder, scientists are looking at native bees and other pollinators. / Rehanon Pampell, Alberto Pantoga, Derek S. Sikes, Patricia Holloway, and Charles Knight.
    • Agroborealis, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Spring 2013)

      School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2013)
    • Agroborealis, Vol. 44 (2014)

      School of Natural Resources & Extension, Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station, 2014