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Validating Climate Change Refugia, Morelli Reports in Special Issue
June 8, 2020

Conserving biodiversity in a rapidly changing world, Toni Lyn Morelli, UMass Amherst ecologist, along with her team, synthesized refugia science developments to date. (ESAjournal 6/1/20, News Office release 6/1/20)


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)