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UMass Entomologist Comments on Emerald Ash Borer's Destructive Path
December 19, 2016

Although the emerald ash borer is killing ash trees around the state, it has done the most damage so far in Berkshire County, according to Tawny Simisky, entomology specialist with the UMass Extension program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   (12/19/16 Berkshire Eagle )

UMass Amherst and Boston-based PCL, Inc. Offer New Tool for Biotech Research
December 15, 2016

AMHERST, Mass. – A group of University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers who are stewards of the campus’ plant cell culture library (PCCL) recently announced a new collaboration with the South Korean biotechnology company PCL, Inc. of Seoul and Boston, to provide users worldwide with a new technology for accurate, highly sensitive target-molecule detection in chemically complex plant samples.  (EurekaAlert 12/15/16)
 

The "Keep 'em Wet" Study
December 8, 2016

April Vokey, a well-known angler, interviews some of the most influential people involved in the fishing world today. Andy Danylchuk, associate professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, describes his research on the ways in which fish respond to angling events as examined through blood tests. (12/2/16 April Vokey Fishing Podcasts)

UMass Study Recommends Better Preparation For New England River Floods
December 5, 2016

Rivers and streams in New England will inevitably flood, and there are some low-cost steps that federal and state governments can take to help communities be better prepared. That’s the message from a recent UMass Amherst report.

Geography Professor Eve Vogel led the study, and presented the findings Friday in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. (12/2/16 NEPR)

With climate change, not all wildlife population shifts are predictable
December 1, 2016

Wildlife ecologists who study the effects of climate change assume, with support from several studies, that warming temperatures caused by climate change are forcing animals to move either northward or upslope on mountainsides to stay within their natural climate conditions. But a new study of lowland and higher-mountain bird species by wildlife ecologists Bill DeLuca and David King at UMass Amherst, now shows an unexpected and "unprecedented" inconsistency in such shifts. (11/28/16 Science Daily, 11/29/16 Environmental News Network, 11/30/16 Foreign Affairs)

UMass Extension to Assist Farms with New Food Safety Rules
November 18, 2016

Lisa McKeag, a UMass Extension vegetable education specialist, has received a two-year, $144,617 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Food Safety Outreach Program to promote food safety education, training, and technical assistance for owners and operators of small- to mid-sized farms, farmers’ markets, and others who must deal with recent new federal food safety guidelines. (Lab Manager, 11/18/2016)

Thanksgiving marks arrival of winter moths
November 23, 2016

UMass Amherst entomologist Joe Elkinton and UMass Extension entomologist Tawny Simisky are quoted in this article in this AP article on the this year's predicted arrival of the winter moth. (Westerly Sun, 11/23/16)

Carolyn DeMoranville talks cranberries
November 21, 2016

Cranberries are a billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts and employ more than 6,900 people. But the market is getting crowded, and that’s pushing down the price. Wisconsin has been the top grower in North America for years. Quebec has only been growing cranberries for the last 20 years, but it surpassed Massachusetts in its cranberry harvest in 2014. Why hasn’t Massachusetts kept up with the Wisconsin and Quebec?  “It’s not so much that our production is down, it's that it's stable, and other areas are growing,” according to Carolyn DeMoranville, the director of the UMass Cranberry Station in Wareham. (WCAI 11/21/16)

 

Xing Recognized as Spotlight Scholar
November 15, 2016

Stockbridge School of Agriculture professor Baoshan Xing is being recognized as a UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. An expert in analyzing the chemical behaviors of soil and soil contaminants, Xing has been identified as a most highly cited researcher in the area of environmental and ecological sciences by Thomson-Reuters for the past three years. He represents one of the world’s “most influential scientific minds.” (11/8/16 UMass News Office)

Make-It Springfield community space thriving, offers 25 weekly workshops
November 2, 2016

Make-It Springfield was only supposed to be a temporary summer pop-up shop, but its success will keep this space open for the "foreseeable future." With 25 different workshops, Make-It Springfield allows visitors to indulge in a variety of subjects like arts and crafts, bicycle repair, make-up techniques, healthy eating habits and computer help. (11/2/16 MassLive)

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