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  • Brown Marmorated Stinkbugs Coming in for Winter: UMass Joseph Elkinton Comments

    October 18, 2018

    Joseph S. Elkinton, UMass environmental conservation, comments in a television news story about brown marmorated stinkbugs. He says they are entering people homes now as they try to find a warm place for the winter. (WFXT-TV 25, 10/17/18)

  • Urban Planning in Worcester's Challenging Kelley Square, UMass Professor Comments

    October 15, 2018

    “Six streets in search of a stoplight,” they call the spot where Madison, Green, Harding, Water, Millbury and Vernon streets converge without benefit of stoplight or central rotary in Worcester. Michael DiPasqalue, licensced architect and urban planner who directs the UMass Design Center in Springfield, weighs in on the design of this unique intersection. (Telegram 10/15/18) 

  • Fermented Foods and Colds: UMass Food Science Works With Real Pickles

    October 16, 2018

    A study to explore the role of fermeneted foods in boosting the immune system was conducted by UMass Food Science at Real Pickles (food producer) over a year and a half. Reserchers examined microbiome communities in the Greenfield facility which could lead to future studies and a better understanding of how to enhance nutrition in fermented foods. (Gazette 10/11/18; Recorder 10/15/18)



  • Centennial Celebrations Held for UMass Food Science and Stockbridge School

    October 9, 2018

    A news story recaps two departmental milestones celebrated within a week at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Republican 10/5/18; News Office release 10/2/18; News Office release 9/25/18)

  • Regional Strategy Could Boost Blue Economy, UMass Professor Facilitates Discussion

    October 2, 2018

    Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst assistant professor who heads the school's Gloucester Marine Station, facilitated a discussion about the 'blue economy" with Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative and a panel of local and regional entrepreneurs. Legislators attending included Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Ann Ferrante along with local business leaders. Blue economy refers to a sustainable, high-technology marine-based economy that experts say requires a regional approach. (Gloucester Daily Times 9/28/18; News Office 9/25/18 ) 

  • Bees’ Medicine Chest Should Include Sunflower Pollen, UMass Amherst Study Suggests

    October 1, 2018

    A new study produced by the University of Massachusetts Amherst may reveal the key to supporting the health of ailing bee populations. The study appears to point to a very crucial but simple resource that aids pollinator health: sunflowers. The UMass study that tackled this problem began as an undergraduate project conducted by former UMass student Jonathan Giacomini, his former academic adviser, evolutionary ecologist Lynn Adler and others. (Republican 9/27/18; News Office 9/26/18)

  • UMass Associate Professor Comments on Dangerous Foods

    October 1, 2018

    “I personally do not drink raw milk. Pasteurizing milk reduces or removes potential hazards,” says Amanda Kinchla, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Food Science. (Reader's Digest 9/28/18)

  • UMass Amherst Food Scientists Profile Microbes at a Fermented Vegetable Facility

    September 25, 2018

    Food scientists at UMass Amherst have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves -- cabbages destined for sauerkraut -- were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources. (Science Daily 9/25/18; Science Codex, Infosurhoy Technology Networks 9/26/18)

  • UMass-Amherst Scientists Claim Victory Over Winter Moth

    September 6, 2018

    Entomologists Joseph Elkinton, George Boettner and Hannah Broadley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are declaring victory this month over the invasive winter moth – which begins life as a leaf-chomping, tree-denuding caterpillar that had threatened wide-spread defoliation of coastal New England shade trees and blueberries until the researchers introduced a natural parasitic fly that has greatly reduced moth numbers. (South Coast Today, Gazette 9/12/18; WFCR, 9/6/18; Republican, Globe, Wicked Local Wayland, 9/5/18; News Office Release)

  • Cranberry Farmers Want to Dump Part of Harvest: UMass Extension BOPO Chair Quoted

    September 4, 2018

    Cranberry farmers buried under a glut of the tart fruit are seeking permission for a radical way to dig themselves out: destroying millions of pounds of their crops. "Overproduction is the bane and has been for cranberries in the last few years, and consequently we’re not getting much money for our crops,” said Jack Angley, owner of Flax Pond Farms in Carver, and Chair of Board of Public Overseers [BOPO] for UMass Extension. (Globe 9/3/18)

  • Soil Science Society of America Announces 2018 Award Recipient, Baoshan Xing

    August 27, 2018

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announced Baoshan Xing as the 2018 award recipient to be formally presented at the SSSA Awards Ceremony on January 8, 2019 during the scientific society’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national and international service, and research.

  • Rep. McGovern visits UMass Agriculture Learning Center on 8th Farm Tour

    August 22, 2018

    U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern met with local agricultural organizations as part of his eighth annual farm tour. UMass Agricultural Leaning Center was one of his stops. (Recorder, Republican, 8/21/18; New Office Release)

  • Strawberries could treat bowel disease, UMass professor reports

    August 20, 2018

    A new study headed by Hang Xiao, University of Massachusetts food science, says eating strawberries could help people manage inflammatory bowel disease. Xiao reports the sedentary lifestyle and dietary habits of many people – high-sugar, high-animal fat, but low-fiber diets – may promote colonic inflammation and increase the risk of IBD. (Endopro 9/28/18; Daily Mail 8/20/18; Women’s Health [Australia], India TV, [China], Outlook [India], 8/21/18; Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News,, News Medical Life Sciences, Laboratory Equipment, 8/20/18)

  • Hot, Wet Summer Unkind to Central Mass. Crops

    August 16, 2018

    Katie Campbell-Nelson, vegetable specialist with UMass Extension, comments on this year's difficult growing conditions in the central part of Massachusetts. Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 16 2018.

  • Local Extension Continues to Support Rural Community

    August 14, 2018

    Recorder (Greenfield) columnist and former  UMass Extension staffer talks about the value of the UMass Extension program. The Recorder, August 14, 2018.


  • Don’t Touch: Invasive Hogweed Plant Found in Central Mass.

    July 22, 2018

    Extension weed specialist Randy Prostak is quoted in article on discovery of the invasive plant giant hogweed growing in two towns in Worcester County. Worcester Telegram and Gazette, July 22, 2018.

  • UMass Amherst Researcher Studies Faba Bean, as Natural Source of L-DOPA Used by Parkinson’s Patients

    July 12, 2018

    Plant scientist Fatemeh Etemadi, a PhD candidate (Hashemi Lab) at Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst, investigated the accumulation trend and the amount of L-Dopa in various parts of of faba bean plant and concluded that the L-Dopa concentration was in the following order; leaves, seeds, flowers, roots, and stems. (News Office 7/9/18)

  • 4-H Youth Shine at Heath Fairgrounds

    July 12, 2018

     Young people had a chance to showcase their farming skills at the Franklin County 4-H Fair, which was held Saturday, June 30, at the Heath Fairgrounds. (Recorder 7/6/18)

  • Connecticut River Flow Restoration Report Released

    July 11, 2018

    A new decade-long study of the Connecticut River watershed has provided scientists some valuable tools for understanding how dams affect a river’s ecological health, but also suggests that little can be done to alter dam operations for environmental gain. Christine Hatch, UMass extension associate professor of geosciences, comments. (Gazette 7/10/18; News Office 6/13/18)

  • Climate Change Is Making Allergies Worse, UMass Professor Comments

    July 10, 2018

    Kristina A. Stinson, environmental conservation, discusses how climate change affects allergies, that with warming temperatures, spring is coming earlier and in response to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, plants are producing more pollen. She also says warmer air traps smog and pollution. (WCAI 7/5/18)