Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser discusses his experiences when touring the UMass Farm at Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown. He is tackling myraid food security issues in the next legislative term including closing food deserts and expanding innovative programs. He said, "At the heart of each of these efforts is our state's own homegrown economic engine: our farms." (Republican 2/16/19)
News from the Media
Andrew J. Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is one of a group of experts featured in a public television show about efforts to understand several species of fish, bonefish tarpon and permit, that live in flat sections of the ocean off the coast of Florida. (Changing Seas)
"Beecology” is a smartphone app and website that collects user-submitted videos and photos of bees in the wild and identify plants that support native bees.
Bumblebee diversity is in decline in North America, said Anne Averill professor of entomology at
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (Gazette 2/13/19)
The idea of producing solar energy and growing crops on the same land has been around for a while. Instead of hunkering close to the earth, they’re mounted seven feet off the ground, with ample room for farmers to grow vegetables underneath. UMass professor Stephen Herbert comments on the impact of panels on crop growth (Salon 2//9/19)
Going beyond traditional Chamber of Commerce activities, the 900-member Cape Ann Chamber is teaming with UMass Amherst’s Gloucester Marine Station and UMass Dartmouth to grow the region’s maritime economy. (Gloucestertimes.com 1/31/19)
The intestinal microbiome is not only key for food processing but an accepted co-determinant for various diseases. Researchers at University Mainz (JGU) identified effects of nanoparticles on intestinal microorganisms. UMass professor David J. McClements, Food Science comments. (Science and Technology Research News 2/1/19; Medicine News Line; Science Daily, 1/29/19)
DEERFIELD — Representatives from the University of Massachusetts Amherst attended this week’s Board of Health meeting to address public concerns regarding the spraying of chemicals at the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield. (Gazette 1/27/19)
Dual use solar installation for use with agriculture at UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield is featured in article. Civil Eats, 1/22/19
Marco Keiluweit, assistant professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and collaborators are studying how climate change affects the capacity of soils to remove carbon from the atmosphere and retain enough nutrients for food production. (Science & Technology Research News, 1/15/19; News Office Release).
Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research. Curtice Griffin, environmental conservation, comments, “It’s a very, very unfortunate event that our federal colleagues are caught up in this mess.” (WFCR, WBUR 1/8/19)