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  • New Evidence on Bed Bug Burden in Urban Neighborhoods, UMass Research Reveals

    June 8, 2020

    In a new study published in People and Nature, researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found a higher prevalence of bed bug infestations in neighborhoods with lower incomes, higher eviction rates and crowding. (Washington Post, 6/6/20; News Office release)

  • Free Composting Webinar Led by UMass Food Science Research Assistant

    May 28, 2020

    Chris Von Achen, food science research assistant, is one of the organizers of a free webinar on residential composting that will be presented by the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance’s Food Waste Reduction and Composting Working Group on May 29. (Recorder, 5/27/20)

  • Article on Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs Mentions UMass Extension

    May 28, 2020

     An article about the best ways to fertilize various plants, trees and shrubs mentions and links to tips offered by the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program. (Markets Insider, 5/27/20)

  • Identify Poison Ivy with CAFE Guidance

    May 26, 2020

    The UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) website can help you identify poison ivy. (Patch, 5/22/20) 

  • Warmed Over Flavor From Cooked Meat Explained by Food Scientist, Decker

    May 21, 2020

    Eric Decker, food science, is cited in an article explaining why re-heated chicken often no longer tastes good. ( [Germany], 2/20/20; Serious Eats, 9/25/19)

  • Wendell to Get Solar Planning Help Thanks to UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension Grant

    May 20, 2020

    Wendell is one of three Western Massachusetts communities set to benefit from a 15-month grant awarded to a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clean Energy Extension that will lead development of solar siting and financing procedures. (Recorder 5/19/20, News Office)

  • Leaf Lily Beetles Video Released by Simisky

    May 15, 2020

    Tawny Simisky, UMass extension entomologist, is cited extensively throughout a gardening column about lily leaf beetles, which feed on tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies and martagon lilies, ans well as a few other plants. (Gazette, 5/13/20)

  • Bumble Bee Disease, Reproduction Shaped by Flowering Strip Plants

    May 11, 2020

    Rows of plants known as flowering strips are designed to be pollinator-friendly, but a new study co-authored by Lynn Adler, biology, suggests they have some drawbacks. In the study published in the journal PNAS, Adler and colleagues at North Carolina State University report that they have found that while flowering strips can help boost bumble bee reproduction, they also facilitate higher rates of disease.  (MassLive, SciTechDaily, Vegetable Growers NewsNews Office Release 5/14/20; 5/13/20,, Science Daily, PNAS, 5/11/20  )

  • CNS dean Tricia Serio Identifies Key Protein in Group of Fatal Diseases

    May 11, 2020

    Research by Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, might lead to a cure for a group of fatal diseases, including mad cow disease. (Feedstuffs, BioSpace, 5/8/20; Sound Health and Lasting Wealth, News Office release 5/6/20)

  • Waltham Land Trust Statement On City's Field Station Purchase

    May 7, 2020

    Representatives of the Waltham Land Trust have written a letter congratulating the city’s government on the purchase of the 28-acre Waltham Field Station property from UMass Amherst. (Waltham Patch, 5/6/20)

  • UMass Researchers Seek Link of Strawberries to Colon Health

    May 6, 2020

    Hang Xiao, food science, has received a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to expand his research into health benefits of strawberries. Xiao’s earlier studies suggest a strong scientific basis for using strawberries to support colon health and suppress, reduce or prevent, inflammation of the colon. (MassLive,, 4/30/30; News Office release)

  • Grant to UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension Will Bring Solar Planning to Western Massachusetts Towns

    April 29, 2020

    A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clean Energy Extension recently was awarded a 15-month grant to lead development of community-focused solar siting and financing procedures in three rural western Massachusetts communities, Blandford, Wendell and Westhampton. (News Office 4/24/20)

  • UMass Tick Testing on the RIse

    April 28, 2020

    The number of ticks being submitted for testing at the UMass Amherst Laboratory of Medical Zoology is on the rise, says Stephen Rich, microbiology. This is because people are enjoying the outdoors more since many are working and schooling from home. (WWLP – Mass Appeal, 4/27/20; News Office assistance)

  • MassINC Awards First Prize for Springfield Transit Design to UMass Team

    April 28, 2020

    UMass Springfield urban design studio (LARP) won first prize in the state's "MassInc Transformational TOD" competition. The winning plan called "In the Loop" proposes a new bike park and bike path network that is accessible to all. (MassInc 4/27/20)

  • Most Worrisome Invasive Plants That May Arrive Soon in the Northeast

    April 22, 2020

    University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologists are concerned about a new climate change challenge.  Lead by Bethany Bradley, they are offering a new analysis that narrows a large list down to five priority species with the greatest potential impacts of more than 100 new invasive plant species that could expand into the area. (News Office release 4/17/20)

  • Is it Safe to Spin-dry Leafy Greens in a Washing Machine? UMass Food Scientists Research This Practice

    April 22, 2020

    It probably comes as a surprise to consumers, but many New England small farms dry their tasty fresh vegetables in your average, ordinary washing machine. But is it safe? Food science researchers at the University of Massachusetts plan to find out. (MassLive 4/22/20; 4/21/20, News Release)

  • Waltham City Council: Vote Approves Purchase and Sale of UMass Field Station and Farmland

    April 15, 2020

    The Waltham city council has agreed to the purchase and sale of the formerly active UMass Field Station and Farm. UMass will use some of the sales proceeds to establish a permanent endowment for scholarships for Waltham students attending UMass Amherst. (Wicked Local Waltham, 4/14/20)

  • Soundscape for Birdsong During COVID19, UMass Professor Comments

    April 14, 2020

    One thing the coronavirus can’t stop is the arrival of spring — early signs like the calls of frogs, or spring peepers. Another is the chorus of songbirds. But this year, even longtime listeners are hearing something different. (NEPR 3/31/20)

  • Barnstable County Entomologist Reminds Residents About Ticks in the Midst of COVID19

    April 13, 2020

    During the coronavirus outbreak, people are looking at outdoor activities as a way to manage stress. That’s prompting Barnstable County Entomologist Larry Dapsis to remind the public to be mindful of ticks.  “Ticks have not read the book on social distancing,” Dapsis said. ( 4/13/20)

  • Nursing Home Toll From COVID19 Rises in Massachusetts, UMass Virologist Comments

    April 8, 2020

    Matthew D. Moore, assistant professor, food science and virologist, says testing for the coronavirus has not caught up to the reality that the disease can be spread before people are aware of the symptoms. (Bennington Banner 4/7/20)