“Hot pepper in the body invigorates the soul” is a popular adage in West Africa. Members of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology have been evaluating peppers from different parts of the world as part of the ethnic crop research initiative started at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in 2001. [Read more...]
Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is home to art galleries, fashion stores, townhouses and now a new breed of cockroach that won’t die even if forced to live outside all winter. The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway in the neighborhood into one of New York’s newest tourist attractions, may have been responsible for bringing a new breed of cockroach to the city. Rutgers University insect biologists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista said the species Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now. The scientists, whose findings were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, say that it is too soon to predict the impact but that there is probably little cause for concern.
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The likelihood of a devastating storm surge and coastal flooding like that during Superstorm Sandy will increase as sea level is expected to rise significantly in New Jersey this century, according to a study published Thursday by researchers at Rutgers. The report affirms what scientists from the university have been saying for more than a year: Sea level is expected to rise 1.5 feet by 2050 and 3.5 feet by 2100 in the Mid-Atlantic states due to melting ice caps and warming oceans…Sea level is rising by 4 inches per century, because of "sediment compaction," said Ken Miller, a Rutgers professor of earth and planetary sciences who was part of the study group.
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The sea level is expected to rise about 1.5 feet off the Jersey Shore by 2050, and a 10-year nor’easter in 2100 would cause more flooding in Atlantic City than happened during superstorm Sandy, a Rutgers scientist predicted Thursday. Sea-level rise is not a disaster in the near-term, "but it is a concern that must be planned for," said Kenneth G. Miller, a Rutgers University professor and lead author of a study published this week. "And to a certain extent, it doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming or not,” said Miller, a professor of earth and planetary sciences. "We know that sea level is rising globally and we know that New Jersey is sinking."
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Rutgers Researchers Studying Differences Between Mold Samples Taken From Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy
"I happen to be a mold expert. I will continue to study it until I drop," declared Joan Bennett, 71, of Somerset, N.J., a plant biology and pathology professor and researcher in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Bennett recently discovered that mushroom alcohol, a compound often emitted by mold, might be linked to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The findings, coauthored by Arati Inamdar, 34, of Edison, a research associate at Rutgers, were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November…Although Bennett spent most of her early career studying agricultural molds that are toxic to humans if eaten directly or consumed by contaminated foods, she had not believed mold could be harmful to people if inhaled. But when Hurricane Katrina devastated her home in New Orleans in 2005, her opinion quickly changed.
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