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  • Poison Ivy In MA Is Emerging Now: How To Avoid The Rash

    May 19, 2022

    Tips from UMass Extension about how to spot poison ivy and how to identify snakes are cited in news articles about safely enjoying the outdoors in spring and summer.

  • This Fermented Meat Alternative Could Help Halve Global Deforestation Rates

    May 11, 2022

    Lutz Grossman, food science, is quoted in an article about the prospects of fermentation-derived microbial protein becoming a viable alternative to meat in our diets as a way to slow global deforestation rates and biodiversity loss.

  • Annual Holyoke Farm Festival Promotes Urban Farming

    May 10, 2022

    The annual Holyoke Farm Festival, a day devoted to promoting urban farming, is scheduled for May 21. The event is and co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Extension.

  • Oat and Soy Milks Are Planet Friendly, but Not As Nutritious As Cow Milk

    May 6, 2022

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of Food Science, is quoted in an article about the growth of the plant milk industry and what differentiates plant milks from traditional dairy milk, especially in the transmission of nutrients.

  • A Landscaper's Guide to Saving Water: Ideas For Your Yard and Garden

    May 5, 2022

    An article about ways to conserve water while watering gardens cites tips provided by the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program.

  • California Regulators Banned Fracking Wastewater for Irrigation, but Allow Wastewater From Oil Drilling. Scientists Say There’s Little Difference

    April 24, 2022

    Thomas Zoeller, emeritus professor of biology, is quoted in an article examining the dangers posed by chemicals present in the wastewater of oil and gas drilling.

  • Smile, You’re on Calcium Camera: Milk Drinkers Shamed on Social Media

    April 22, 2022

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of Food Science, is quoted in an article about college students differing views of dairy milk and the rise of social media accounts dedicated to shaming – or celebrating – dairy milk drinkers.

  • In an Effort to Curb Lyme Disease, Scientists Hope to Release Thousands of Genetically Altered Mice on Nantucket

    April 21, 2022

    Allison Snow, biology, is quoted in a story about MIT researchers’ desire to release thousands of genetically engineered mice on Nantucket to combat Lyme disease.

  • Stress-Testing Sausages May Give Vegan Products a Meat-Like Mouthfeel

    April 12, 2022

    David Julian McClements, distinguished professor of food science, comments on how stress-testing sausages may help make eating vegan products feel more like eating meat.

  • Elizabeth Garofalo, UMass Extension, Discusses Climate Change and Apple Disease

    April 13, 2022

    “We have this [climate change] problem that we have to deal with,” Garofalo says. “The answer is integrated pest management.”

  • Lazy Lawn Mowing Can Help Pollinators

    April 12, 2022

    There is further citation of research published in 2018 by UMass Amherst and the U.S. Forest Service suggesting that suburban homeowners can help support bee habitat by mowing their lawns less frequently.

  • How to Track a Shark: New Research Reveals Where, Why and How Sharks and Game Fish Overlap

    April 5, 2022

    An international team led by UMass Amherst has compiled a massive dataset that overlays years’ worth of information on the position, migration and interaction of sharks and game fish to answer a host of questions about predators and prey.

  • Can Pollen Protect Pollinators from Pathogens?

    April 6, 2022

    One of the biggest challenges in biology today is understanding and managing how pathogens travel and proliferate. An interdisciplinary team led by Lynn Adler, biology, has been awarded $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation to trace how food affects the ability of pathogens to attack plant pollinators.

  • The Midwest Has Lost 57 Billion Metric Tons of Topsoil Over the Last 160 Years, New Study Finds

    April 5, 2022

    A news report covers a new study by Isaac Larsen, geosciences, which found topsoil in the Midwest is eroding at an average rate of 1.9 millimeters per year.

  • Invasive Jumping Worms Spotted In Northeast: Here's What To Know

    April 3, 2022

    Tips from a UMass Extension service fact sheet are cited in an article about invasive jumping worms being found in gardens in the Northeast U.S.

  • Volunteers branch out to conduct Easthampton’s first tree inventory

    April 3, 2022

    Nick Brazee, extension plant pathologist, helped lead efforts to catalog the size, species and overall condition of 200 public shade trees in Easthampton’s urban residential neighborhoods and commercial center as part of the city’s first-ever tree inventory.

  • Forum in South Deerfield Examines Ways to Band Together to Fight Climate Change

    April 3, 2022

    Michael Rawlins, geosciences and associate director of the UMass Amherst Climate System Research Center, participated in a forum in South Deerfield exploring ways that Franklin County homeowners can help make a difference as the area looks to increase its sustainability, environmental conservancy and climate resiliency by 2030. “

  • Rewriting the History Books: Why the Vikings Left Greenland

    March 23, 2022

    A study led by UMass Amherst and published recently in “Science Advances” suggests that increasing aridity, not temperature change, contributed to the Norse abandonment of Greenland settlements in the 15th century.

  • UMass Amherst Research Focuses on the Benefits of Consuming Mushrooms

    March 31, 2022

    The benefits of consuming mushrooms are the focus of new research by Zhenhua Liu, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

  • Million-Year-Old Arctic Sedimentary Record Sheds Light on Climate Mystery, Researchers Find

    March 30, 2022

    New research led by UMass Amherst and published recently in the journal “Climate of the Past” is the first to provide a continuous look at a climate shift that has puzzled scientists.

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