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  • Smile, You’re on Calcium Camera: Milk Drinkers Shamed on Social Media

    April 22, 2022

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of Food Science, is quoted in an article about college students differing views of dairy milk and the rise of social media accounts dedicated to shaming – or celebrating – dairy milk drinkers.

  • In an Effort to Curb Lyme Disease, Scientists Hope to Release Thousands of Genetically Altered Mice on Nantucket

    April 21, 2022

    Allison Snow, biology, is quoted in a story about MIT researchers’ desire to release thousands of genetically engineered mice on Nantucket to combat Lyme disease.

  • Elizabeth Garofalo, UMass Extension, Discusses Climate Change and Apple Disease

    April 13, 2022

    “We have this [climate change] problem that we have to deal with,” Garofalo says. “The answer is integrated pest management.”

  • Stress-Testing Sausages May Give Vegan Products a Meat-Like Mouthfeel

    April 12, 2022

    David Julian McClements, distinguished professor of food science, comments on how stress-testing sausages may help make eating vegan products feel more like eating meat.

  • Lazy Lawn Mowing Can Help Pollinators

    April 12, 2022

    There is further citation of research published in 2018 by UMass Amherst and the U.S. Forest Service suggesting that suburban homeowners can help support bee habitat by mowing their lawns less frequently.

  • Can Pollen Protect Pollinators from Pathogens?

    April 6, 2022

    One of the biggest challenges in biology today is understanding and managing how pathogens travel and proliferate. An interdisciplinary team led by Lynn Adler, biology, has been awarded $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation to trace how food affects the ability of pathogens to attack plant pollinators.

  • How to Track a Shark: New Research Reveals Where, Why and How Sharks and Game Fish Overlap

    April 5, 2022

    An international team led by UMass Amherst has compiled a massive dataset that overlays years’ worth of information on the position, migration and interaction of sharks and game fish to answer a host of questions about predators and prey.

  • The Midwest Has Lost 57 Billion Metric Tons of Topsoil Over the Last 160 Years, New Study Finds

    April 5, 2022

    A news report covers a new study by Isaac Larsen, geosciences, which found topsoil in the Midwest is eroding at an average rate of 1.9 millimeters per year.

  • Invasive Jumping Worms Spotted In Northeast: Here's What To Know

    April 3, 2022

    Tips from a UMass Extension service fact sheet are cited in an article about invasive jumping worms being found in gardens in the Northeast U.S.

  • Volunteers branch out to conduct Easthampton’s first tree inventory

    April 3, 2022

    Nick Brazee, extension plant pathologist, helped lead efforts to catalog the size, species and overall condition of 200 public shade trees in Easthampton’s urban residential neighborhoods and commercial center as part of the city’s first-ever tree inventory.

  • Forum in South Deerfield Examines Ways to Band Together to Fight Climate Change

    April 3, 2022

    Michael Rawlins, geosciences and associate director of the UMass Amherst Climate System Research Center, participated in a forum in South Deerfield exploring ways that Franklin County homeowners can help make a difference as the area looks to increase its sustainability, environmental conservancy and climate resiliency by 2030. “

  • UMass Amherst Research Focuses on the Benefits of Consuming Mushrooms

    March 31, 2022

    The benefits of consuming mushrooms are the focus of new research by Zhenhua Liu, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

  • Million-Year-Old Arctic Sedimentary Record Sheds Light on Climate Mystery, Researchers Find

    March 30, 2022

    New research led by UMass Amherst and published recently in the journal “Climate of the Past” is the first to provide a continuous look at a climate shift that has puzzled scientists.

  • South Shore Experts Warn of Early Tick Season, Encourage Precautions for People and Pets

    March 29, 2022

    UMass Amherst’s former tick lab, which tests ticks for illness and became a private entity known as TickReport in 2021, is briefly mentioned in an article that warns of early tick season and encourages precautions for people and pets.

  • Soil Microbes Sacrifice Ribosomes in Response to Warming

    March 29, 2022

    Kristen DeAngelis, microbiology, comments on a study that has found warming microbial populations increase their carbon dioxide production and growth rate.

  • Fertilize, Aerate Lawn When It Gets a Little Warmer

    March 29, 2022

    A lawn and garden column cites a resource on thatch provided by UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment Extension Turf Program.

  • Cropland Grazing Exchange Works in Spring As Well As Fall

    March 28, 2022

    A manure Inventory worksheet developed by UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment is cited as a resource in an article about livestock grazing.

  • Saving Egyptian Pumpkins is Key for Biodiversity and Future Farmers, Scientists Say

    March 25, 2022

    An international team of researchers led by Emad Mady, environmental conservation, has successfully traced the biochemical and molecular variations of nine different pumpkin varieties grown in several climatic zones of central and northeastern Egypt.

  • Rewriting the History Books: Why the Vikings Left Greenland

    March 23, 2022

    A study led by UMass Amherst and published recently in “Science Advances” suggests that increasing aridity, not temperature change, contributed to the Norse abandonment of Greenland settlements in the 15th century.

  • Don't be Surprised if You See a Caterpillar Crawling About on a Frosty Spring Day — It's Just a Winter Cutworm

    March 22, 2022

    Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension, is mentioned in an article about winter cutworm, a type of caterpillar that can withstand extreme cold.