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  • 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.

  • Abundant Apple Crops In Massachusetts This Year

    October 5, 2021

    Jon Clements, UMass Extension educator, comments on the abundant apple crop this year in Massachusetts, attributed by growers to the lack of a late Spring frost.

  • Water Wars in the Mojave Desert

    September 27, 2021

    Anita Milman, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article examining increasing battles over water usage rights in California’s Mojave Desert.

  • Growing Beans in New England

    September 16, 2021

    UMass Extension is quoted in an article about lima beans, saying that “all beans, except lima, are relatively easy to grow in New England.”

  • Fruit Research and YouTube Go Well Together

    September 8, 2021

    Jon Clements, UMass Extension, has maintained a YouTube channel since 2006 giving advice and information for fruit growers. To date, he has published 153 videos.

  • Grant to Research How Nitrogen In Human Milk May Benefit Pediatric Development

    September 1, 2021

    David Sela, food science and microbiology, has received a five-year, $1.69 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate how nitrogen in human milk is used by beneficial microbes in the infant gut to potentially play an important role in pediatric nutrition and development.

  • U.S. to Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy Use

    August 26, 2021

    Dwayne Breger, environmental conservation and director of the UMass Clean Energy Extension, is quoted in an article about U.S. plans to accelerate offshore wind energy use.

  • It's Safe to Start Feeding Birds Again

    August 25, 2021

    Based on the absence of confirmed cases of the mysterious avian disease in Massachusetts and declining numbers of cases in states to our south, Mass Audubon is following the lead of neighboring states and recommending it is once again safe to resume bird feeding in Massachusetts. 

  • Destructive, Invasive Jumping Worms

    August 24, 2021

    An article about invasive jumping/crazy/snake worms quotes from the UMass Amherst Extension website.

  • Tagging Great White Sharks Off The Massachusetts Coast

    August 23, 2021

    Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, was among a group of researchers who captured video of their efforts to tag five great white sharks in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off of the coast of Massachusetts while the sharks were dining on the carcass of a dead humpback whale.

  • Limit Fertilizer Use to Curb Dangerous Algae Bloom in Lakes & Ponds

    August 19, 2021

    UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory is referenced in a piece about limiting fertilizer use and curbing dangerous algae blooms.