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Industry-UMass Partnership to Optimize Plant-Based Foods
February 5, 2020

Animal-free ingredients innovator (Boston-based Motif FoodWorks) and top UMass food scientists (Decker, McClements and Xiao), aim to help bring new proteins to the market. (Food & Drink International, Food Ingredients, 2/4/20; News Office release)

Warming Weather May Cause Early Bloom, Harper Comments
February 4, 2020

Richard W. Harper, UMass environmental conservation, is interviewed in two related television news stories: how warming weather may cause trees to bloom earlier than usual; and with a visit to a UMass Amherst class by 22 News meteorologist Kelly Reardon. (WWLP-TV 22  2/8/20;  WWLP-TV 22, WWLP-TV 22, 2/3/20)

Make It, Springfield: DiPasquale Reports
February 4, 2020

Spearheaded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a collaborative workspace is breathing new life into a Massachusetts legacy city. (Planning Magazine 10/19)

Full STEAM Ahead for Springfield's 4-H Program, Dubois Reports
January 9, 2020

Springfields's 4-H program at Robinson Gardens is thriving under the leadership of Lauren Dubois, UMass extension 4-H youth development program (The Republican -go to page C3  1/9/20)

Future Apple Markets, Clements Comments
January 9, 2020

Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, comments about what he expects to happen to the apple markets in the future. He says there will be continued struggles but local markets and U-pick will be strong if the fall weather cooperates. (Growing Produce, 1/8/20)

Designing Healthier Foods — Particle by Particle: McClements Discusses Food Science
January 7, 2020

 David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor in food science, is profiled in an article that describes his research into plant-based food, 3D food printing and nano-enabled nutraceuticals. (Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/8/10) 

UMass Research Team Traces Evolution of the Domesticated Tomato
January 7, 2020

Biology faculty member Ana Caicedo and postdoctoral researcher Hamid Razifard report they have identified missing links in the evolution of the tomato from a wild blueberry-sized fruit in South America to the larger modern tomato. (Conversation1/30/20; Boston Globe,  Albany Herald [GA], 1/14/20; Science Blog,, 1/13/20; 1/9/20; Science Codex, Morning Ag Clips, Technology Networks, 1/8/20; Science Daily, 1/7/20; News Office release)

California Cities Turn To Goats To Help Prevent Massive Wildfires, Bradley Quoted
January 6, 2020

Bethany Bradley, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the city of Anaheim, California using goats to eat invasive grasses and dried brush in an attempt at preventing wildfires. ( Nature World News, 1/10/20KUOW [NPR], 1/5/20; RFD TV [Nashville], 1/6/20 WGBH, 1/5/20)

Massachusetts Bees Threatened by Parasites, UMass Extension Reports
January 2, 2020

Varroa mites are the most significant problem facing bee colonies in Massachusetts, says  Hannah Whitehead, honeybee extension educator at UMass Amherst. (MetroWest Daily News, 12/26/19; Worcester Telegram, 12/25/19)

Falmouth American Elm Trees Removed and Replaced
December 23, 2019

Nicholas Brazee, Extension plant pathologist, worked with the town of Falmouth to assess the health of an American elm tree. The tree was found to be 64 percent internally decayed and will be removed. (The Falmouth Enterprise, 12/20/19)