The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup
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.
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.
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