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  • Earth Matters: Falling for Cedars

    September 29, 2022

    Christine Hatch, geosciences, has written a column about cedar trees, and how large Atlantic white cedars were logged and their lands flattened for cranberry cultivation.

  • Accelerating the Future of Clean Energy

    September 28, 2022

    The UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension provides technical assistance to municipalities, conducts applied research, and offers workforce training to achieve the Commonwealth’s sustainability goals.

  • What To Do If You Find a Spotted Lanternfly in New England

    September 26, 2022

    Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension entomologist, is quoted in an article providing advice on how to recognize spotted lanternflies and what to do once one is found.

  • Grafton Discusses Growing Crops Under Solar Panels

    September 21, 2022

    UMass-Amherst’s Clean Energy Extension Program is mentioned as a partner in collecting data for an “agrivoltaic” project in Grafton. Agrivoltaics combines solar energy production and crop cultivation in the same area by growing crops underneath solar panels.

  • Farmers Invited to Learn About Attracting Native Pollinators

    September 20, 2022

    Hannah Whitehead, an educator with UMass Extension, is quoted in a story on the benefits of local pollinator habitats. “On-farm pollinator habitat has been shown to enhance bee abundance and diversity, and to boost pollination services,” Whitehead says.

  • A Cranberry Shortage is Brewing With Thanksgiving Around the Corner

    September 20, 2022

    An article about a nationwide cranberry shortage resulting from this summer’s drought in Massachusetts cites UMass Amherst data showing that cranberries are the state’s largest crop, valued at almost $100 million annually and accounting for 6,900 jobs and $1.4 billion dollars of the Massachusetts economy.

  • Why You Should Pay Attention to Fly Vomit

    September 19, 2022

    New UMass Amherst research argues that we need to pay far more attention to non-biting flies as disease carriers. “Blood-feeding flies have taken the limelight, but we should pay attention to the ones that live among us because they get their nutrients from people and animals that shed pathogens in their tears, feces and wounds,” says John Stoffolano, professor of entomology and author of the paper published in the journal Insects.

  • UMass Amherst Celebrates $400,000 Investment in Gloucester Marine Station, North Shore Economy with Leading Regional Officials

    September 7, 2022

    UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and government leaders at the federal, state and local levels gathered at the Gloucester Marine Station on Wednesday to announce $400,000 in federal and state funding to support the station’s North Shore Blue Economy initiative and its operations.

  • Marine Station Helping Keep Port Viable

    September 6, 2022

    In a column on the Gloucester Marine Station at Hodgkins Cove, Katie Kahl, environmental conservation, explains how the six-acre campus contributes to the North Shore blue economy, sustainable seafood, coastal resilience and marine ecology.

  • Eversource Works To Address Hazardous Trees

    September 2, 2022

    Rick Harper, environmental conservation, comments in an article reporting that electric utility Eversource is working to address trees made hazardous by this season’s drought.

  • Gill Seeks Grant for Public Safety Complex Weatherization

    September 1, 2022

    Ben Weil, environmental conservation, has provided recommendations to the town of Gill for weatherization of its public safety complex.

  • How and When to Harvest Onions, Plus Expert Tips on Curing and Storing Them

    August 24, 2022

    Genevieve Higgins, UMass extension vegetable production educator, provides advice on the harvesting, curing and storage of home-grown onions.

  • Beech Bum: A Microscopic Bug Is Threatening Trees in Massachusetts

    August 17, 2022

    Nicholas Brazee, UMass extension plant pathologist, is quoted on the problem of foliar nematodes that are attacking beech trees across Massachusetts and killing them for the first time.

  • Fresh or Frozen, Wild or Cultivated? What to Know About Blueberries and Health

    July 28, 2022

    Eric Decker, food science, is interviewed in a syndicated article about the – sometimes overexaggerated – health benefits of blueberries. “They’re the kind of things we should be eating but sometimes these things get overpromised,” Decker says of the berries. “Anytime you start talking about ‘superfoods’ and ‘super fruits,’ it's probably a little overexaggerated.”

  • Cranberry Growers On Alert As Heat Wave, Drought Sweep State

    July 25, 2022

    Giverson Mupambi, assistant professor at the UMass Cranberry Station in Wareham, is quoted in an article about the effect of current heat and drought conditions. If cranberries experience heat stress they can rot. “Right now is a critical moment, because we need enough water in the bog," Mupambi says.

  • Wine-drinkers of the World Rejoice! New Research, Led by UMass Amherst, Finds Key to Billion-Dollar Problem

    July 25, 2022

    New research led by a UMass Amherst team has unlocked the mystery of Grapevine Trunk Diseases which can cause more than $1 billion in damages to vineyards worldwide.

  • A Secret Path to the Season's Sweetness

    July 20, 2022

    An article praising wild blueberries includes suggestions from the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment about when to prune the bushes (it’s early spring).

  • Fake Meats: How Sustainable Are They?

    July 20, 2022

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of food science, discusses his work to create realistic textures in plant-based meat substitutes in a story examining efforts to make products like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat not only taste and feel like the real thing but also have far lighter environmental footprints.

  • Mass. Grants Millions to Nine Organizations for Offshore Wind Workforce Development

    July 18, 2022

    The UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension (CEE) is among nine organizations in Massachusetts receiving state grants for offshore wind workforce development.

  • Which Meat Type Is Superior to Chicken?

    July 14, 2022

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor in food science, is quoted in an article comparing how the digestibility of plant-based meats compares to chicken.