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  • Evolution of Wild Tomatoes

    August 15, 2019

    Ana L. Caicedo, UMass biology, and Jacob R. Barnett, a doctoral student in organismic and evolutionary biology, are studying the evolution of wild tomatoes in an effort to create plants that are disease and pest resistant and also have good flavor and appearance. (Vegetable Growers News 8/14/19) 

  • Following Breeding Green Sea Turtles in Remote Islands of Brazil

    August 7, 2019

    Lisa Komoroske, environmental conservation, is using drones to study reproductive and migration patterns of green sea turtles on remote Brazilian islands. (Drone Below, 8/2/19; News Office release)

  • Developing Hybird Wine Grapes in Repsonse to Climate Change

    July 29, 2019

    Massachusetts winemakers are responding to climate change. Sonia Schloemann and Elsa Petit, both from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, are working with other scientists around the country to develop hybrid grapes better able to withstand changing weather patterns. (Fox 25 News, 7/25/19)

  • Whately School Works with UMass Clean Energy Corps

    July 23, 2019

    UMass Clean Energy Corps, a group of students working with Benjamin S. Weil, environmental conservation, produced a series of recommendations for energy savings at the Whately Elementary School, the largest user of energy in the town. (Recorder, 7/22/19)

  • UMass Cranberry Station Video Profiles Research and Outreach

    July 23, 2019

    A new video profiles the UMass Cranberry Station, located in Wareham. (Wareham Community Television, 7/16/19)

  • Get Growing: Suffering sycamores

    July 12, 2019

    Columnist discusses sycamore anthracnose of sycamore trees in yard. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 7/12/19)

  • 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)

  • David Sela Comments on Phase Two of Human Microbiome Studies

    May 29, 2019

    David Sela, food sciences and microbiology, says three new studies that track people’s microbiomes though health and disease, specifically prediabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy, are “expansive” and “well executed.” He was not involved in studies. (The Scientist 5/29/19)

  • Forest Park Arboretum Projects Embarks on ID Program

    May 28, 2019

    ReGreen President David V. Bloniarz, who is also project director for the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said the Forest Park Arboretum project in Springfield is well under way. “By October 2019, we will have labeled the first 300 trees,” Bloniarz said, adding that the project’s goal is to have 500 trees labeled by August 2020. (Republican, 5/28/19)

  • David Julian McClements Authors New Book: Future Foods

    May 28, 2019

    A new book, “Future Foods: How Modern Science is Transforming the Way We Eat,” by David Julian McClements, food science, looks at innovations like 3-D food printers, nano foods and bug burgers. (Lancaster Farming, 6/1/19; NEPR 6/5/19;  Medicine News Line, 5/27/19;, 5/24/19; News Office release)

  • Stephen Rich Discusses TickReport at UMass Amherst's Mt. Ida Campus

    May 14, 2019

    At a public event held at UMass Amherst’s Mount Ida campus, Stephen Rich, microbiology, presented information about TickReport, a service his lab runs that allows people to mail in ticks and receive a report about disease-causing microbes the tick may be carrying. (Boston 25 News, 5/14/19; News Office release)