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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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. 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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