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New England Needs More Tree Doctors, Catanzaro Discusses
October 8, 2020

Paul Catanzaro, extension associate professor, is quoted in article about the health of New England forests. He discusses large shifts in land ownership with heightened awareness of climate change impacts and the role of their land in mitigating changes.  (Christian Science Monitor, 10/13/20; NY Times 10/7/20)

Seeking New Mother Volunteers for Breast Cancer Study, Professor Arcaro Explains
October 5, 2020

A radio report notes that Kathleen Acaro, veterinary and animal sciences, is looking for volunteers for a study on the impact that a diet of increased fruits and vegetables may have on the breast health of recent mothers, specifically with an eye on breast cancer risk. (WBZ-AM Boston, 10/3/20)

Recent Rainfall is Not Enough for Drought-Stressed Trees to Keep Leaves From Dropping Early
October 1, 2020

Rick Harper, environmental conservation, says this week’s rainfall is not enough to keep drought-stressed trees from dropping leaves early. (WWLP, 9/30/20)

UMass Cranberry Station Receives Boost
October 1, 2020

This year, the work at UMass Cranberry Station got a huge boost in the form of $5.75 million in state support to expand their labs at and modernize the facility. “It’s really momentous. It’s going to be a game-changer for us and for the industry,” said Director of the Cranberry Station Hilary Sandler. (Wareham Weekly 9/30/20)

Massachusetts Will Get Some Drought Relief This Week, Says UMass Professor
September 29, 2020

David Boutt, geosciences, says Massachusetts has a long way to fill the “massive rainfall deficit” from worsening drought conditions. (Boston Herald, 9/28/20)

Fall Foliage in Western Massachusetts Still on Track, UMass Professor Weighs In
September 16, 2020

Rick Harper, environmental conservation, says that despite the warm and dry summer, “If we don’t see a warm, humid, drawn out fall, we should see typical beautiful coloration” as shorter days trigger tree leaves to change color. (WWLP, 9/16/20)

Growers Say Aid to Cranberry Station Will Help Industry Adapt
August 27, 2020

UMass Cranberry Station Director Hilary Sandler comments on recent state funds dedicated to modernize facilities that will help with the growing need for research and support for cranberry growers.  (CapeCodTimes 8/27/20)

State Provides Grant for UMass Cranberry Station
August 27, 2020

The state  of Massachusetts has granted $5.75 million to the UMass Cranberry Station in Wareham in an effort to promote the cranberry industry.  (, 8/27/20; News Office release)

The Destructive Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Professor Elkinton Researches
August 25, 2020

Joseph Elkinton, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the hemlock woolly adelgid, a sap-sucking insect similar in appearance to tiny cotton balls, which has decimated the eastern hemlock population over the last 40 years. (Connecticut Examiner, 8/22/20)

Toxic Weed Sprouts Along Falmouth's Bike Path, UMass Extension Comments
August 24, 2020

Jimsonweed, an incredibly toxic plant, has sprouted up along the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth. University of Massachusetts Extension weed specialist Randy Prostak offers advice. (Falmouth News 8/21/20)