04/18/2014

The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

12:12 minutes

For centuries, maple syrup producers have used taps, vacuum pumps, and tubing to collect the sugary sap from mature maple trees. A new technique by Abby van den Berg and her colleagues at the Proctor Maple Research Center may revolutionize the industry by allowing producers to collect sap plantation-style, directly from the cut tops of juvenile trees.

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Abby van den Berg

Abby van den Berg is a research assistant professor in plant biology at the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill Center, Vermont.

Luke Groskin

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.

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Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

About Luke Groskin

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.

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