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UMass Extension Helps Garden Columnist Manage Cabbage Worms
July 15, 2018

A garden columnist says she consulted with Susan Scheufele, UMass Extension, about how to identify and deal with cross-striped cabbage worms and related pests that eat vegetable crops in local gardens. (The Berkshire Edge, 7/15/19)

Lili He, Food Scientist, Offers Advice on Washing Fruits and Vegetables
July 11, 2019

Lili He, food science, who was the lead author on a study that found washing fruits and vegetables with a baking soda solution removes most chemicals and pesticides from their skins, says it a good method to try. (Yahoo! News, 7/10/19)

Pakistan Develops Required Legislation to Protect Diverse Wildlife: UMass Professor Discusses
July 9, 2019

Christopher Sutherland, environmental conservation, participated in a conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, where officials were discussing efforts to pass legislation to protect that country’s diverse wildlife and natural resources. (Pakistan Today 7/8/19)

Meat Alternatives Let Kids Ditch Hamburgers: UMass Food Scientist Shares Observations
July 9, 2019

David J. McClements, Distinguished Professor in food sciences, says when he took his daughter and her friends to try the new meatless Impossible Burger at Burger King, they couldn’t believe it wasn’t meat. (Yahoo! News 7/9/19)

Which Drink is Best to Handle Spicy Food? UMass Food Scientist Weighs In
July 8, 2019

Alissa Nolden, food sciences, says researchers weren’t surprised to find that milk is the best beverage to use to combat the burn from spicy food. (Futurity 7/1/19)

Historic Tree Suffering from Fungus
June 29, 2019

Newspaper article discusses state of prominent historic sycamore tree on Route 7 in Great Barrington, Mass. Article quotes CAFE website on sycamore anthracnose and how it affects the tree. Article quotes Great Barrington's tree warden, Michael Peretti, an arboriculture graduate of UMass Amherst. (Berkshire Eagle, 6/29/19)

Protecting Watersheds by Program "Forests to Faucets," UMass's Barten Coined Phrase
June 24, 2019

Whitefish, Montana finds it is cheaper and easier to have forests naturally cleanse water than to build and operate water filtration plants quotes Paul Barten, environmental conservation, who coined the term “forests to faucets.” (Christian Science Monitor, 6/21/19)

New England Maple Syrup Production To Decline In The Next Century
June 20, 2019

A new report from researchers at UMass Amherst and the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) says maple syrup production will decline in New England in the next century as rising temperatures shift peak syrup production northward into Canada. Toni Lyn Morelli NCASC and Kristina Stinson, environmental conservation were on the research team. (NBC5 6/24/19; Gazette, 6/21/19; ScienceBlog, 6/18/19; News Office release)


Norovirus Close-ups Might Help Fight Stomach Flu
June 18, 2019

An article reporting that close-up images of several strains of norovirus reveal the virus comes in a variety of sizes quotes Matthew D. Moore, food science, who says this discovery could aid in vaccine development. (ScienceNews, 6/17/19)

How Polar Bears Evolved From Grizzly Relative, Gibbons Reports
June 18, 2019

Scientists from UMass Amherst, led by John Gibbons, food science, have shed new light on the genomic foundation of the polar bear’s ecological adaptation. Gibbons, along with Ph.D. student Shu Zhao and graduate students from Vanderbilt and Clark University, have published findings pinpointing rapid changes in the bear’s gene copy numbers in response to their diet shifting from vegetation to meat. (CBC, 6/23/19;, 6/17/19; Technology Networks, 6/18/19; News Office release)