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This Fungus Mutates. That’s Good News if You Like Cheese.
October 22, 2019

John G. Gibbons, food science, says the discovery of how a fungus evolves into edible mold that is the key to making French cheeses such as Camenbert shows both how a favorite food item evolved and how fungus can be manipulated without genetic engineering. (New York Times 10/15/19; Yahoo! News 10/16/19)

Cranberry Market Seeks to Develop New Products, Hilary Sandler Comments
October 10, 2019

Ocean Spray wades into new waters with a line of cranberry-based tea tonics and oat milk elixirs. Hilary Sandler, director of the UMass Cranberry Station, a research laboratory weighs in. (Globe 10/10/19)

Deep Soils Have Dual Role In Global Carbon Cycle: Keiluweit Reports
October 9, 2019

UMass Doctoral student, Mariela Garcia-Arredondo, with her advisor, biogeochemist Marco Keiluweit, UMass Amherst’s Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and others, report how their new model is designed to predict how deep soil carbon responds to environmental change and to offer a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling soil carbon storage at depth. (Scienceblog 10/8/19)

Climate Change Impacts on Invasive Species: Bradley Presents at North American Confernce
October 3, 2019

Bethany A. Bradley, environmental conservation, comments in a news story about how climate change is having an impact on the spread of invasive species in the region.  (Times Union, 10/2/19)   

Foliage Changes Discussed by Richard Harper
October 1, 2019

Richard W. Harper, environmental conservation and UMass Extension, explains why foliage changes colors in fall as days get shorter.  (WWLP-TV 22, 9/28/19)

Young Farmers Fulfill Dreams of Working the Land, UMass Amanda Brown Quoted
September 26, 2019

An article about young farmers in Franklin County quotes Amanda Brown, director of the UMass Student Farming Enterprise Program and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s Agricultural Learning Center. She says the learning curve for first-time farmers is steep and she advises new farmers to spend a couple years learning by working for a good established farmer.  (Recorder 9/20/19)

Springfield Public Schools Expand Partnership With UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program
September 25, 2019

Springfield Public Schools, working with its dining service management company, Sodexo, will use their USDA grant funds to build five to seven new teaching gardens at schools. They’ll also expand parental involvement in partnership with the Springfield Food Policy Council and UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. (Gazette 9/23/19)

Raising Green Beef: How Cattle, Dairy Farmers are Becoming Environmentally Friendly
September 21, 2019

Article on environmentally-friendly dairy farming practices quotes Extension Professor Masoud Hashemi, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, on the historical move from use of nitrogen-fixing legumes to the application of artificial fertilizers and the resulting danger of contamination of water bodies and underground sources of water. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 9/21/19)

Rejuvenating Tired Soil
September 20, 2019

UMass Extension help utilized in effort to rejuvenate soil for new community garden in Greenfield. (Greenfield Recorder, 9/20/19)

Model Created for NASA to Predict Vitamin Levels in Spaceflight Food
September 16, 2019

A team of food scientists led by Hang Xiao and Timothy Goulette have created a mathematical model for NASA to use in predicting degradation of vitamins in spaceflight food. This will allow for more efficient scheduling of resupply trips.  (AstroWatch 9/17/19; Pharmacy Industry Reports, 9/18/19;, 9/12/19;, Lab Manager, 9/13/19; News Office release)