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  • Lili He, Food Scientist, Offers Advice on Washing Fruits and Vegetables

    July 11, 2019

    Lili He, food science, who was the lead author on a study that found washing fruits and vegetables with a baking soda solution removes most chemicals and pesticides from their skins, says it a good method to try. (Yahoo! News, 7/10/19)

  • Pakistan Develops Required Legislation to Protect Diverse Wildlife: UMass Professor Discusses

    July 9, 2019

    Christopher Sutherland, environmental conservation, participated in a conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, where officials were discussing efforts to pass legislation to protect that country’s diverse wildlife and natural resources. (Pakistan Today 7/8/19)

  • Meat Alternatives Let Kids Ditch Hamburgers: UMass Food Scientist Shares Observations

    July 9, 2019

    David J. McClements, Distinguished Professor in food sciences, says when he took his daughter and her friends to try the new meatless Impossible Burger at Burger King, they couldn’t believe it wasn’t meat. (Yahoo! News 7/9/19)

  • Which Drink is Best to Handle Spicy Food? UMass Food Scientist Weighs In

    July 8, 2019

    Alissa Nolden, food sciences, says researchers weren’t surprised to find that milk is the best beverage to use to combat the burn from spicy food. (Futurity 7/1/19)

  • Historic Tree Suffering from Fungus

    June 29, 2019

    Newspaper article discusses state of prominent historic sycamore tree on Route 7 in Great Barrington, Mass. Article quotes CAFE website on sycamore anthracnose and how it affects the tree. Article quotes Great Barrington's tree warden, Michael Peretti, an arboriculture graduate of UMass Amherst. (Berkshire Eagle, 6/29/19)

  • Protecting Watersheds by Program "Forests to Faucets," UMass's Barten Coined Phrase

    June 24, 2019

    Whitefish, Montana finds it is cheaper and easier to have forests naturally cleanse water than to build and operate water filtration plants quotes Paul Barten, environmental conservation, who coined the term “forests to faucets.” (Christian Science Monitor, 6/21/19)

  • New England Maple Syrup Production To Decline In The Next Century

    June 20, 2019

    A new report from researchers at UMass Amherst and the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) says maple syrup production will decline in New England in the next century as rising temperatures shift peak syrup production northward into Canada. Toni Lyn Morelli NCASC and Kristina Stinson, environmental conservation were on the research team. (NBC5 6/24/19; Gazette, 6/21/19; ScienceBlog, 6/18/19; News Office release)


  • Norovirus Close-ups Might Help Fight Stomach Flu

    June 18, 2019

    An article reporting that close-up images of several strains of norovirus reveal the virus comes in a variety of sizes quotes Matthew D. Moore, food science, who says this discovery could aid in vaccine development. (ScienceNews, 6/17/19)

  • How Polar Bears Evolved From Grizzly Relative, Gibbons Reports

    June 18, 2019

    Scientists from UMass Amherst, led by John Gibbons, food science, have shed new light on the genomic foundation of the polar bear’s ecological adaptation. Gibbons, along with Ph.D. student Shu Zhao and graduate students from Vanderbilt and Clark University, have published findings pinpointing rapid changes in the bear’s gene copy numbers in response to their diet shifting from vegetation to meat. (CBC, 6/23/19;, 6/17/19; Technology Networks, 6/18/19; News Office release)

  • David Sela Comments on Phase Two of Human Microbiome Studies

    May 29, 2019

    David Sela, food sciences and microbiology, says three new studies that track people’s microbiomes though health and disease, specifically prediabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and pregnancy, are “expansive” and “well executed.” He was not involved in studies. (The Scientist 5/29/19)

  • Forest Park Arboretum Projects Embarks on ID Program

    May 28, 2019

    ReGreen President David V. Bloniarz, who is also project director for the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said the Forest Park Arboretum project in Springfield is well under way. “By October 2019, we will have labeled the first 300 trees,” Bloniarz said, adding that the project’s goal is to have 500 trees labeled by August 2020. (Republican, 5/28/19)

  • David Julian McClements Authors New Book: Future Foods

    May 28, 2019

    A new book, “Future Foods: How Modern Science is Transforming the Way We Eat,” by David Julian McClements, food science, looks at innovations like 3-D food printers, nano foods and bug burgers. (Lancaster Farming, 6/1/19; NEPR 6/5/19;  Medicine News Line, 5/27/19;, 5/24/19; News Office release)

  • Stephen Rich Discusses TickReport at UMass Amherst's Mt. Ida Campus

    May 14, 2019

    At a public event held at UMass Amherst’s Mount Ida campus, Stephen Rich, microbiology, presented information about TickReport, a service his lab runs that allows people to mail in ticks and receive a report about disease-causing microbes the tick may be carrying. (Boston 25 News, 5/14/19; News Office release)

  • David Boutt Comments on New Geologic Sources of Lithium

    May 8, 2019

    David F. Boutt, UMass geosciences, says environmental issues may hamper future mining of lithium, a key chemical used in rechargeable batteries. He says mining in Chile is complicated by the need to protect water tables and maintain habitats for flamingoes and other wild birds. (Science News, 5/7/19)

  • Jackson Remarks On Report of Accelerating Loss of Plants and Animals

    May 7, 2019

    Scott D. Jackson, UMass Extension and environmental conservation, comments in a news story about the regional effects outlined in a United Nations report that finds the loss of plant and animal species around the world will increase in coming years. Jackson says he is worried about the unexpected consequences of biodiversity loss. (Globe 5/6/19)

  • Bonneville Cutthroat Trout Restored to Nevada Creek

    May 6, 2019

    A collaboration of four federal and state agencies (at UMass led by Profesor Christine Hatch), raised a genetically-pure native Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii utah) and found an excellent mountain creek in Nevada for restoration. (Gazette 5/3/19)

  • Food Science Ice Cream Competition Produces a Winner!

    May 2, 2019

    Six teams of UMass Amherst food science students, most of them seniors and food science majors, had their newly developed ice cream flavors tasted and judged by Maple Valley Creamery representatives and a panel of culinary professionals on May 1 at the Integrated Learning Center. The winning flavor, Vanilla Chai, will be produced by Maple Valley Creamery in Hadley and sold in local markets, branded with a UMass Amherst logo. The product development course is taught this year by Matthew Steffens, a UMass Amherst food science alumnus. (WWLP-TV 22, 5/1/19; News Office release)

  • Dyed Mulch Can Include Dangerous Chemicals

    April 26, 2019

    Some wood ground into dyed mulch can include dangerous chemicals, including creosote and CCA (chromium, copper and arsenic), according to the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. CCA has been banned as a chemical used in pressure-treated wood since 2003 but treated wood still exists in old outdoor structures and is often scrapped out and made into mulch. (Courier & Press [Evansville, Ind.], 4/25/19)

  • Olga Kostromytska Presents at New England Regional Turfgrass Conference & Show

    April 22, 2019

    Olga Kostromytska, UMass extension assistant professor in turfgrass entomology, spoke at the New England Regional Turfgrass Conference & Show about how golf course superintendents can work with turfgrass specialists to conduct research at their courses. (Golf Course Industry, 4/10/19)

  • UMass Addresses Concerns Over Spraying at Turf Facility

    April 8, 2019

    Representatives from UMass Amherst attended a Deerfield Selectboard meeting to provide an update on ways staff at the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center plan to quell residents’ concerns about the spraying of chemicals. ( Recorder, Gazette 4/8/19)