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Vegetable Growing Season Set Back By Cold Spell
April 24, 2018

The cold, wet weather this month has set the vegetable growing season behind, according to Katie Campbell-Nelson, a vegetable expert with the UMass Extension in Amherst. (NEPR, 4/24/2018)

Faba Fix for Corn's Nitrogen Need, UMass Tests Cover Crop
April 17, 2018

Masoud Hashemi and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst tested faba bean as a cover crop before planting sweet corn with good news for growers. (Science Newsline 4/12/18)

UMass Amherst Food Science Study Cited in Article About Clean and Dirty Foods
April 10, 2018

A news story on the cleanest and dirtiest fruits and vegetables mentions that a recent study done at UMass Amherst found that soaking produce in a solution of baking soda and water does a good job of removing pesticides. (Food Safety, 4/10/18)

Dr. Oz TV show Features Bacteria Detection Tool Being Developed by UMass Food Science
March 26, 2018

Food scientists at UMass Amherst report that they have developed a new, rapid and low-cost method for detecting bacteria in water or a food sample. Once commercially available, it should be useful to cooks using fresh fruits and vegetables, for example, and aid workers in the field responding to natural disasters. The new process is featured in “The Next Big Thing” segment of the Dr. Oz show. (Dr. Oz Show, 3/26/18)

Less Mowing Helps Bees According to UMass Researcher
March 13, 2018

Homeowners concerned about the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects need look no further than their own back yards, says UMass ecologist Susannah Lerman, environmental conservation and the USDA Forest Service. In new research, she and colleagues suggest that homeowners can help support bee habitats in suburban yards, specifically their lawns, by changing lawn-mowing habits. (Science Friday [NPR] 3/30/18; Global News Connect, 3/21/18,  Tribune-Review [Pittsburgh], 3/13/18; News Office release)

Study Suggests Native UK Pine Martens (Weasels) Help Control Invasive Gray Squirrels
March 6, 2018

An international research team including Christopher Sutherland, Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with others in Scotland and Ireland, report that native pine marten (weasel) suppression of the invasive gray squirrels in Scotland is helping recovery of native red squirrel populations. (HortWeek 3/8/18, Globe, Daily Mail [U.K.], Science Codex, 3/6/18; News Office release)

Elkinton Says Number of Winter Moths Damaging Trees is Declining
February 27, 2018

Experts say the number of winter moths damaging trees in New England has fallen after years of growth. UMass Amherst professor Joseph Elkinton says the population has hit a record low in Massachusetts. (USNews & World Report, WBUR, WTNH.com 2/26/18)

The 100-year flood: Building ‘RiverSmart’ Communities for Flood Resiliency in the Connecticut River Valley
February 15, 2018

Christine Hatch, extension associate professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, comments on planning for the real potential for more powerful and frequent storms due to climate change. "There can be more than one '100-year flood' in a decade," she says. (Gazette 2/14/18)

Reports Detail the Health of School Cafeterias, UMass Food Scientist Comments
February 5, 2018

According to state law, local health inspectors must inspect school cafeterias at least twice a year. Amanda Kinchla, a food safety expert in food science, says corrective actions are the most important item to note when reviewing inspection reports.(Western Mass News 2/5/18)

Massachusetts Success Stories Featured in USDA SNAP-Ed Connector
January 29, 2018

UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) program partnered with Pernet Family Health Service of Worcester. Various program elements are showcased in national online publication. (SNAP-Ed Connection 1/2018)

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