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  • Leaf Lily Beetles Video Released by Simisky

    May 15, 2020

    Tawny Simisky, UMass extension entomologist, is cited extensively throughout a gardening column about lily leaf beetles, which feed on tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies and martagon lilies, ans well as a few other plants. (Gazette, 5/13/20)

  • Bumble Bee Disease, Reproduction Shaped by Flowering Strip Plants

    May 11, 2020

    Rows of plants known as flowering strips are designed to be pollinator-friendly, but a new study co-authored by Lynn Adler, biology, suggests they have some drawbacks. In the study published in the journal PNAS, Adler and colleagues at North Carolina State University report that they have found that while flowering strips can help boost bumble bee reproduction, they also facilitate higher rates of disease.  (MassLive, SciTechDaily, Vegetable Growers NewsNews Office Release 5/14/20; 5/13/20,, Science Daily, PNAS, 5/11/20  )

  • CNS dean Tricia Serio Identifies Key Protein in Group of Fatal Diseases

    May 11, 2020

    Research by Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, might lead to a cure for a group of fatal diseases, including mad cow disease. (Feedstuffs, BioSpace, 5/8/20; Sound Health and Lasting Wealth, News Office release 5/6/20)

  • Waltham Land Trust Statement On City's Field Station Purchase

    May 7, 2020

    Representatives of the Waltham Land Trust have written a letter congratulating the city’s government on the purchase of the 28-acre Waltham Field Station property from UMass Amherst. (Waltham Patch, 5/6/20)

  • UMass Researchers Seek Link of Strawberries to Colon Health

    May 6, 2020

    Hang Xiao, food science, has received a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to expand his research into health benefits of strawberries. Xiao’s earlier studies suggest a strong scientific basis for using strawberries to support colon health and suppress, reduce or prevent, inflammation of the colon. (MassLive,, 4/30/30; News Office release)

  • Grant to UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension Will Bring Solar Planning to Western Massachusetts Towns

    April 29, 2020

    A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clean Energy Extension recently was awarded a 15-month grant to lead development of community-focused solar siting and financing procedures in three rural western Massachusetts communities, Blandford, Wendell and Westhampton. (News Office 4/24/20)

  • UMass Tick Testing on the RIse

    April 28, 2020

    The number of ticks being submitted for testing at the UMass Amherst Laboratory of Medical Zoology is on the rise, says Stephen Rich, microbiology. This is because people are enjoying the outdoors more since many are working and schooling from home. (WWLP – Mass Appeal, 4/27/20; News Office assistance)

  • MassINC Awards First Prize for Springfield Transit Design to UMass Team

    April 28, 2020

    UMass Springfield urban design studio (LARP) won first prize in the state's "MassInc Transformational TOD" competition. The winning plan called "In the Loop" proposes a new bike park and bike path network that is accessible to all. (MassInc 4/27/20)

  • Most Worrisome Invasive Plants That May Arrive Soon in the Northeast

    April 22, 2020

    University of Massachusetts Amherst ecologists are concerned about a new climate change challenge.  Lead by Bethany Bradley, they are offering a new analysis that narrows a large list down to five priority species with the greatest potential impacts of more than 100 new invasive plant species that could expand into the area. (News Office release 4/17/20)

  • Is it Safe to Spin-dry Leafy Greens in a Washing Machine? UMass Food Scientists Research This Practice

    April 22, 2020

    It probably comes as a surprise to consumers, but many New England small farms dry their tasty fresh vegetables in your average, ordinary washing machine. But is it safe? Food science researchers at the University of Massachusetts plan to find out. (MassLive 4/22/20; 4/21/20, News Release)

  • Waltham City Council: Vote Approves Purchase and Sale of UMass Field Station and Farmland

    April 15, 2020

    The Waltham city council has agreed to the purchase and sale of the formerly active UMass Field Station and Farm. UMass will use some of the sales proceeds to establish a permanent endowment for scholarships for Waltham students attending UMass Amherst. (Wicked Local Waltham, 4/14/20)

  • Soundscape for Birdsong During COVID19, UMass Professor Comments

    April 14, 2020

    One thing the coronavirus can’t stop is the arrival of spring — early signs like the calls of frogs, or spring peepers. Another is the chorus of songbirds. But this year, even longtime listeners are hearing something different. (NEPR 3/31/20)

  • Barnstable County Entomologist Reminds Residents About Ticks in the Midst of COVID19

    April 13, 2020

    During the coronavirus outbreak, people are looking at outdoor activities as a way to manage stress. That’s prompting Barnstable County Entomologist Larry Dapsis to remind the public to be mindful of ticks.  “Ticks have not read the book on social distancing,” Dapsis said. ( 4/13/20)

  • Nursing Home Toll From COVID19 Rises in Massachusetts, UMass Virologist Comments

    April 8, 2020

    Matthew D. Moore, assistant professor, food science and virologist, says testing for the coronavirus has not caught up to the reality that the disease can be spread before people are aware of the symptoms. (Bennington Banner 4/7/20)

  • Good News, Good Riddance to Gypsy Moth Caterpillars This Year

    April 8, 2020

    We can expect to see little or no evidence of gypsy moth caterpillars this year. According to Tawny Simisky, an extension entomologist, the decline in the gypsy moth population is mostly due to the recent surge in Entomophaga maimaiga, an airborne fungus that kills gypsy moth caterpillars. (Hampshire Gazette 4/5/20)

  • COVID-19: Staying Connected In This Time of Social Distancing

    April 8, 2020

    Michael DiPasquale, landscape and archtiecture, discusses the importance of staying connected during this time of social distancing. (Mass Live, 4/06/20)

  • UMass-Amherst Professor Researches Expanded Plant-based Food Choices

    April 8, 2020

    David Julian McClements, food science, discusses his life as a vegan, going from meat, to veggie, retreating back to animal products and finally, settled on a vegetarian diet. He is working on research to expand the variety of tasty, nutritious plant-based products that provide protein and other ingredients necessary for a healthy diet. (Mass Live, 4/6/20)

  • Trapping Fruit Pests

    April 7, 2020

    Jaime Pinero, UMass Extension, is exploring  the cost of low-cost trapping techniques for some impacts that can damage fruits. (Good Fruit Grower 3/24/20)

  • Rebuilding Fly Fishing in Bahamas, Danylchuck Quoted

    March 3, 2020

    Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the return of  fly-fishing to the Bahamas after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. (Fly Fisherman, 2/27/20)

  • Restoring the American Elm, Harper Reports

    February 25, 2020

    Research to restore the American Elm tree to the landscape through monitoring of host plant resistance to Dutch elm disease is underway at UMass Amherst led by Rick Harper and Nicholas Brazee (Arborist News 02/20).