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  • Can Pollen Protect Pollinators from Pathogens?

    April 6, 2022

    One of the biggest challenges in biology today is understanding and managing how pathogens travel and proliferate. An interdisciplinary team led by Lynn Adler, biology, has been awarded $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation to trace how food affects the ability of pathogens to attack plant pollinators.

  • The Midwest Has Lost 57 Billion Metric Tons of Topsoil Over the Last 160 Years, New Study Finds

    April 5, 2022

    A news report covers a new study by Isaac Larsen, geosciences, which found topsoil in the Midwest is eroding at an average rate of 1.9 millimeters per year.

  • Invasive Jumping Worms Spotted In Northeast: Here's What To Know

    April 3, 2022

    Tips from a UMass Extension service fact sheet are cited in an article about invasive jumping worms being found in gardens in the Northeast U.S.

  • Volunteers branch out to conduct Easthampton’s first tree inventory

    April 3, 2022

    Nick Brazee, extension plant pathologist, helped lead efforts to catalog the size, species and overall condition of 200 public shade trees in Easthampton’s urban residential neighborhoods and commercial center as part of the city’s first-ever tree inventory.

  • Forum in South Deerfield Examines Ways to Band Together to Fight Climate Change

    April 3, 2022

    Michael Rawlins, geosciences and associate director of the UMass Amherst Climate System Research Center, participated in a forum in South Deerfield exploring ways that Franklin County homeowners can help make a difference as the area looks to increase its sustainability, environmental conservancy and climate resiliency by 2030. “

  • Rewriting the History Books: Why the Vikings Left Greenland

    March 23, 2022

    A study led by UMass Amherst and published recently in “Science Advances” suggests that increasing aridity, not temperature change, contributed to the Norse abandonment of Greenland settlements in the 15th century.

  • UMass Amherst Research Focuses on the Benefits of Consuming Mushrooms

    March 31, 2022

    The benefits of consuming mushrooms are the focus of new research by Zhenhua Liu, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

  • Million-Year-Old Arctic Sedimentary Record Sheds Light on Climate Mystery, Researchers Find

    March 30, 2022

    New research led by UMass Amherst and published recently in the journal “Climate of the Past” is the first to provide a continuous look at a climate shift that has puzzled scientists.

  • South Shore Experts Warn of Early Tick Season, Encourage Precautions for People and Pets

    March 29, 2022

    UMass Amherst’s former tick lab, which tests ticks for illness and became a private entity known as TickReport in 2021, is briefly mentioned in an article that warns of early tick season and encourages precautions for people and pets.

  • Soil Microbes Sacrifice Ribosomes in Response to Warming

    March 29, 2022

    Kristen DeAngelis, microbiology, comments on a study that has found warming microbial populations increase their carbon dioxide production and growth rate.

  • Fertilize, Aerate Lawn When It Gets a Little Warmer

    March 29, 2022

    A lawn and garden column cites a resource on thatch provided by UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment Extension Turf Program.

  • Cropland Grazing Exchange Works in Spring As Well As Fall

    March 28, 2022

    A manure Inventory worksheet developed by UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment is cited as a resource in an article about livestock grazing.

  • Saving Egyptian Pumpkins is Key for Biodiversity and Future Farmers, Scientists Say

    March 25, 2022

    An international team of researchers led by Emad Mady, environmental conservation, has successfully traced the biochemical and molecular variations of nine different pumpkin varieties grown in several climatic zones of central and northeastern Egypt.

  • New Stone Fruit Thinner Reduces Hand Labor

    March 21, 2022

    An article reporting the effectiveness of a new chemical stone fruit thinner named Accede cites research by Duane Greene, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Jon Clements, UMass extension.

  • Mount Grace and UMass Extension Host Pasture Management Workshop Series

    March 21, 2022

    Masoud Hashemi, UMass extension, will present a two-part pasture management workshop series in collaboration with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

  • Don't be Surprised if You See a Caterpillar Crawling About on a Frosty Spring Day — It's Just a Winter Cutworm

    March 22, 2022

    Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension, is mentioned in an article about winter cutworm, a type of caterpillar that can withstand extreme cold.

  • Joining Hands to Address Climate Change: UMass Events Bring Together Artists, Scientists and Activists

    March 22, 2022

    To address climate change, UMass Amherst will host a series of events called “Art.Sustainabilty.Activism,” from March 26-28, in an effort to unite artists, scientists and activists on the issue.

  • Plant-Based Milk Varieties Increasing

    March 1, 2022

    David Julian McClements, distinguished professor of food science, is quoted in an article about the rise in popularity of plant-based milks.

  • Climate Adaptation Networks Drive Resilience And Transformation

    February 6, 2022

    Melissa Ocana, UMass Extension, discusses the importance of building collaboration and partnership of networks to transform how our country adapts to a changing climate.

  • Cornstarch Can Change Your Life, In And Out Of The Kitchen

    January 31, 2022

    Matthew Steffens, UMass food science, is quoted extensively in an article detailing the many uses of corn starch in the kitchen and in various household uses.

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