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)
News from the Media
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)
Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, says tariffs on the fruit and nut industries aren’t likely to have much impact on this region because, “It has become primarily a retail/direct market.” He says the top issues he sees are regulations and recordkeeping and lack of labor for smaller jobs and retail. (Growingproduce.com, 12/29/18)
Food safety expert Amanda Kinchla, UMass Extension and UMass Department of Food Science, speaks about good agricultural practices to maintain a safe food supply. The Recorder, December 26, 2018.
Julie Brigham-Grette, geosciences, says a new report from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that says climate change could turn back the geological clock 50 million years in just 200 years, shows there is less time than scientists thought to prevent warming and the changes it will cause. “It’s a real call to action to all countries, including our own, to really quickly ramp up technologies that get us away from fossil fuels.” (La Crosse Tribune, 12/10/18)
Introduction to Food and Ag Law (STOCKSCH 297FL), provides an overview of the federal and state laws that a New England farmer is likely to encounter. The online winter course runs from 12/26/18 to 1/19/19. (Morningagclips 12/4/18)
Joseph S. Elkinton, environmental conservation, comments in a science news story about efforts to restore Puritan tiger beetles to the Connecticut River basin. The tiny insects currently are found only along the banks of the Connecticut River and in the Chesapeake Bay area. Elkinton has been helping Rodger Gwiazdowski, the entomologist who is leading the project. (New York Times, 12/4/18)