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  • Lawn Mowing Frequency Affects Bee Abundance and Diversity

    April 7, 2019

    Research led by Dr. Susannah Lerman from UMASS Amhert, shows that cutting grass every two weeks helps to grow more pollinating plants that bees need to survive.( 4/7/19)

  • Head of Food Science at UMass Amherst Elected President of International Industry Group

    April 3, 2019

    Professor Eric Decker, head of food science at the UMass Amherst, has been elected president of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS). Their goal is to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants and related materials. (News Office Release 4/3/19) 

  • Marine Protected Reserves Do More Than Restore Fish

    April 1, 2019

    In a new analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas, UMass assistant professor, Brian Cheng, and colleagues in environmental conservation report that reserves not only replenish target fish populations, they also restore ecological functioning. (Nature World News 4/2/19; News Office Release)

  • Deerfield Selectboard Wants to Hear from UMass About Spraying at Turf Center

    March 25, 2019

    Mary Dettloff, deputy director for the Office of News and Media Relations at UMass, said they have been working steadily on a response to the questions raised and are nearly finished. She said they plan to reach out to the town to be placed on an upcoming agenda. (Recorder 3/21/19)

  • Manor house demolished on North Maple Street

    March 12, 2019

    The Hadley Farm Manor House, came down late last week at the University of Massachusetts-owned property at 111 North Maple St in Hadley. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 3/12/19)

  • New Sodium and Potassium Guidelines Issued, Eric Decker on NAS Panel

    March 11, 2019

    Eric Decker, food science, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel that reviewed guidelines for daily sodium and potassium intake and has issued new guidelines for dietary consumption. The NAS has tied overuse of sodium to chronic disease. (Boston Globe, 3/5/19; WWLP, 3/6/19)

  • UMass Professor Collaborates with MIT on Fertilizer Options

    March 11, 2019

    Allan Barker, professor in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, collaborated with a research team at MIT to find alternative fertilizer materials that are more readily available all over the world than currently used products. (Science and Technology Research News, 3/7/19)

  • Trees Bend in the Wind, UMass Professor Explains

    March 7, 2019

    In response to a reader’s question about what enables trees to bend in the wind without breaking, Brian Kane, environmental conservation, says trees have evolved to manage wind loads. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 3/7/19)

  • Gardening and Composting Classes offered, Cape Cod Extension Participates

    March 5, 2019

    Backyard Horticulture is a class offered by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, UMass Extension and the Master Gardeners’ Association of Cape Cod, in locations in Barnstable and Harwich. It’s an eight-week program, and it’s for gardeners of all levels. (Brewster Wicked Local 3/4/19) 

  • Waltham Nonprofits Seek Protection for UMass-owned Farmland

    March 5, 2019

    Nonprofit organizations operating on the grounds of a Waltham farm owned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst face eviction by year’s end because of the age and declining condition of the building housing the groups, a school spokesman said. (Globe 3/1/19)

  • UMass Researchers Pinpoint a Set of Enzymes Involved in Colon Cancer Growth

    February 26, 2019

    University of Massachusetts Amherst food science researchers have pinpointed a set of enzymes involved in tumor growth that could be targeted to prevent or treat colon cancer. “We think this is a very interesting discovery,” says Guodong Zhang, assistant professor of food science. “Our research identifies a novel therapeutic target and could help to develop novel strategies to reduce the risks of colon cancer.” (Drug Target Review 2/27/19; Medicine News Line, News Medical Life Sciences, 2/26/19; R & D magazineNews Office Release 2/25/19)

  • UMass Amherst Scientist Explores Role of Citrus Peel in Decreasing Gut Inflammation

    February 25, 2019

    UMass Amherst Professor Hang Xiao has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how substances produced in the gut from citrus compounds are involved in decreasing inflammation in the colon. (News Medical Life Sciences, Medical 2/23/19, News Office Release)

  • Senator Eric Lesser Links Tour of UMass Farm to an Economic Engine

    February 16, 2019

    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)

  • Changing Seas: Public TV Show Features UMass Danylchuk's Research

    February 13, 2019

    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)

  • Citizen ‘Beecologists’ Role in Pollinator Decline Mystery. UMass Professor Comments

    February 14, 2019

    "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)

  • Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels on Farms, UMass Weighs In

    February 11, 2019

    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)

  • Growing the Blue Economy on Cape Ann: UMass Gloucester Marine Station Collaborates

    February 4, 2019

    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. ( 1/31/19)

  • Researchers Identify effects of Nanoparticles on Intestinal Microorganisms, UMass Professor Comments

    January 29, 2019

    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)

  • UMass Discusses Concerns About Spraying on River Road

    January 29, 2019

    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)

  • Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels on Farms Could Be a Win-Win

    January 22, 2019

    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