URI Receives $500k Grant from USDA for Maple Research

NEC member the University of Rhode Island (URI) recently received a three-year, $499,427 grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Acer Access and Development program. The grant will help fund faculty members’ research on the health care applications of maple syrup.

This latest funding marks the third USDA grant awarded to URI to support maple research. The initiative, called the Collaborative to Communicate Maple Benefits, which not only targets New England but also New York and New Jersey, attempts to raise public awareness of maple products and promote their potential health benefits. Research demonstrates that the chemical composition of maple syrup includes a host of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and plant compounds that may help stabilize blood glucose levels and fight inflammation. Faculty members across multiple disciplines will all contribute to managing this program, including faculty from the College of Pharmacy, , the College of Arts and Sciences, and Christy Ashley from the College of Business.

Speaking of the plan for announcing their findings, Associate Professor of Marketing Christy Ashley, said, “We will generate marketing activities and determine what works. We can turn over our findings to maple-industry stakeholders.”

The NEC commends URI’s commitment to researching and raising public awareness about this potentially pivotal advancement in natural health remedies.

Read more in Providence Business News.

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