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News from the Media

  • Cornstarch Can Change Your Life, In And Out Of The Kitchen

    January 31, 2022

    Matthew Steffens, UMass food science, is quoted extensively in an article detailing the many uses of corn starch in the kitchen and in various household uses.

  • Fight Continues to Preserve Great Northern Elevator Despite Court Ruling

    January 23, 2022

    Michael Di Pasquale, UMass Extension Assistant Professor, is quoted about historic preservation and placemaking in Post-Industrial Legacy Cities. 

  • Beavers Offer Lessons about Managing Water in a Changing Climate

    January 21, 2022

    Christine Hatch, geosciences, wrote an article for The Conversation enumerating the value of beavers’ small-scale natural interventions in the era of climate change.

  • Putting the Farming into Solar Farms

    January 4, 2022

    In an opinion piece about agrisolar farms, a Northfield farmer notes that “UMass Amherst provides oversight to ensure that agrisolar systems will meet the needs of real, commercial agriculture.”

  • Yes, There Are Plants That Still Bloom in the Dead of Winter

    January 4, 2022

    Tips from the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program on growing witch hazel are cited in an article about growing plants in winter.

  • Here’s the Beef: More Protein, Calories and Fat in Meat Burgers

    December 21, 2021

    Data compiled and analyzed by a team led by Alissa Nolden, UMass food science, compared nutritional aspects of beef and alternative burgers available to U.S. consumers.

  • Xing Finds Steam Disinfection of Baby Bottle Nipples Exposes Babies to Micro- and Nanoplastic Particles

    December 1, 2021

    New research from collaborating scientists at UMass Amherst and Nanjing University in China found that steam disinfection of silicone-rubber baby bottle nipples exposes babies and the environment to micro- and nanoplastic particles.

  • Fishing Guides React to Shark Depredation on Hooked Fish, Danylchuk Researches

    December 1, 2021

    UMass Amherst researchers have found that anglers, and especially recreational fishing guides, who experienced depredation were more likely to have a negative response towards sharks and were thus more likely to target sharks for additional harvesting.

  • Climate Change is Impacting Cranberry Harvest​

    November 30, 2021

    Hilary Sandler, extension professor, and director of UMass Cranberry Station, explains challenges to cranberry growers during climate change while interviewed on a national TV news segment. Warmer weather and record rainfall caused by climate change are making the berries grow more slowly.

  • Making Cranberries More Resilient To Climate Change

    November 30, 2021

    Hillary Sandler, extension professor and director of the UMass Cranberry Station, is quoted in a story examining the ways that growers are trying to make cranberries more resilient to climate change.

  • Ticks Remain a Theat on Cape Cod

    November 22, 2021

    There is a continuing threat of ticks and the danger of the diseases they carry notes that Stephen Rich, microbiology. His tick testing lab recently had to increase prices for having ticks tested for diseases due to an expiration of the grants that helped subsidize the costs.

  • UMass Food Science and Agriculture Programs Rank Two of the Best in the World

    November 8, 2021

    UMass Amherst’s food science program and agriculture program were ranked as two of the best in the world, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 global subject rankings.

  • Peak Foilage Affected by Excessive Rain and More

    November 8, 2021

    Rick Harper, environmental conservation, in a TV news story about this year’s excessive fall rain dulling foliage colors, explains that peak foliage time is also happening later.  

  • Rainy Summer Devastated Mass. Pumpkins and Other Crops

    November 1, 2021

    Genevieve Higgins, UMass Extension Vegetable Program, is quoted in a story about how this year’s record-setting rains in parts of Massachusetts have promoted the growth of pathogens that have devastated crops including pumpkins and cranberries.  

  • Study Affirms Bright Future for Blue Economy

    October 25, 2021

    UMass Amherst’s Gloucester Marine Station (GMS): Phase 1 conclusions of a study led by the GMS about the importance and impact of the Blue Economy on North Shore communities found that now is the time for the communities to use their unique strengths to build resilient, sustainable and equitable maritime economic development while also promoting and sustaining ocean ecosystem health.

  • UMass Amherst Holds Construction Celebration for Cranberry Station Expansion in East Wareham

    October 25, 2021

    A $7.75 million project to expand and modernize the UMass Amherst Cranberry Station, an important research facility for the commonwealth’s cranberry industry, was celebrated Oct. 22 with a construction celebration event at the station in East Wareham, Mass.

  • Huge Numbers of Fish-Eating Jaguars Prowl Brazil’s Wetlands

    October 13, 2021

    Todd Fuller, professor and Associate Department Head environmental conservation, is quoted in an article revealing new findings about the unusual flexibility in diet and lifestyle of jaguars in the Brazilian wetlands. 

  • Drinking Our Way To Sustainability, One Cup Of Coffee At A Time

    October 8, 2021

    Coffee, that savior of the underslept, comes with enormous environmental and social costs. Thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $979,720, Timothy Randhir, University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of environmental conservation, and David King, of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, will embark upon a five-year effort to make Honduran coffee sustainable across environmental, economic and social fronts.

  • Locals Can Help Thwart Invasive Jumping Worms Found in Forests, Gardens

    October 8, 2021

    An article describes how local residents can thwart a destructive and invasive species known as jumping worms extensively quotes from fact sheets recently published by the Center for Food, Agriculture and the Environment. 

  • Winter Prediction on the Amount of Acorns

    October 7, 2021

    Rick Harper, environmental conservation, explains the causes of the current "mast year" for oak trees, resulting in a larger production of acorns.