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Full STEAM Ahead for Springfield's 4-H Program, Dubois Reports
January 9, 2020

Springfields;s 4-H prgram at Robinson Gardens is thriving under the leadership of Lauren Dubois, UMass extension 4-H yout development program (The Republican -go to page C3  1/9/20)

Future Apple Markets, Clements Comments
January 9, 2020

Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, comments about what he expects to happen to the apple markets in the future. He says there will be continued struggles but local markets and U-pick will be strong if the fall weather cooperates. (Growing Produce, 1/8/20)

Designing Healthier Foods — Particle by Particle: McClements Discusses Food Science
January 7, 2020

 David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor in food science, is profiled in an article that describes his research into plant-based food, 3D food printing and nano-enabled nutraceuticals. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/8/10) 

UMass Research Team Traces Evolution of the Domesticated Tomato
January 7, 2020

Biology faculty member Ana Caicedo and postdoctoral researcher Hamid Razifard report they have identified missing links in the evolution of the tomato from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato. (Boston Globe,  Albany Herald [GA], 1/14/20; Science Blog,, 1/13/20; 1/9/20; Science Codex, Morning Ag Clips, Technology Networks, 1/8/20; Science Daily, 1/7/20; News Office release)

California Cities Turn To Goats To Help Prevent Massive Wildfires, Bradley Quoted
January 6, 2020

Bethany Bradley, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the city of Anaheim, California using goats to eat invasive grasses and dried brush in an attempt at preventing wildfires. ( Nature World News, 1/10/20KUOW [NPR], 1/5/20; RFD TV [Nashville], 1/6/20 WGBH, 1/5/20)

Massachusetts Bees Threatened by Parasites, UMass Extension Reports
January 2, 2020

Varroa mites are the most significant problem facing bee colonies in Massachusetts, says  Hannah Whitehead, honeybee extension educator at UMass Amherst. (MetroWest Daily News, 12/26/19; Worcester Telegram, 12/25/19)

Falmouth American Elm Trees Removed and Replaced
December 23, 2019

Nicholas Brazee, Extension plant pathologist, worked with the town of Falmouth to assess the health of an American elm tree. The tree was found to be 64 percent internally decayed and will be removed. (The Falmouth Enterprise, 12/20/19)

‘Alarming’ Rate of Cold-Stranded Sea Turtles in Cape Cod Bay, UMass Investigates

Lucas Griffin, postdoctoral researcher in environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the increase in stranding of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles on Cape Cod. Griffin explains that warming sea water has led the turtles to migrate further north in the summer but the animals are not prepared for the cold winter that follows. (New York Times, 12/19/19; News Office release)

Massachusetts A Top Market For Food And Beverage Products Using Scientific Innovations
December 12, 2019

Eric Decker, food science, is quoted in an article about how Massachusetts is becoming one of the top markets for food and beverage products created using scientific innovations.  (Boston Business Journal, 12/6/19)  

Invasive Grasses Fueling Wildfires Across US: Fusco Reports On Her Research
December 4, 2019

Emily J. Fusco, environmental conservation, writes in The Conversation about her research on how nonnative invasive grasses are changing, and in some cases intensifying the dangers from wildfires. Fusco says research suggests there are eight species of grass that are increasing fires in different ecosystems across the country. (KESQ [Palm Springs] 12/6/19; Midland Daily News, The Register Citizen [Connecticut], The National Interest, The Conversation, 12/3/19)