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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)