Study Shows Native, Non-Honey Bees Contribute Significantly to Crop Pollination

Pollinator study - data collection.

Pollinator study data collection.

Research is helping to develop protocols for pollinator conservation and restoration.

The lab of Rachael Winfree, associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, focuses its research on bees and pollination, including the pollination of crops, and in communicating those scientific results to the agricultural community.

Her lab has focused its outreach efforts on two areas related to sustainable crop pollination. First is developing science-based protocols for pollinator restoration on private lands, an effort funded through several federal Farm Bill programs. Winfree and colleagues are testing the efficacy of different pollinator restoration protocols, in collaboration with New Jersey Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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Got Moths? Celebrate National Moth Week and Global Citizen Science

Spot any underwings lately? These popular moths, known for revealing their true, vibrant colors when their wings are fully spread, will be spotlighted this summer as National Moth Week marks its fifth consecutive year across the U.S and around the world. This year National Moth Week is being held July 23 through July 31… Dr. David Moskowitz and Liti Haramaty are the co-founders of National Moth Week. David holds a PhD in entomology from Rutgers University for his research on the tiger spiketail dragonfly and is a senior vice president with EcolSciences, Inc. in Rockaway, New Jersey. Liti holds a master’s degree in ecology for her work on morphology and ecological adaption in corals. She has worked at SUNY Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Lab, and since 1999 has been employed at the Rutgers University Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

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Rutgers Turfgrasses Prized at Baltusrol Golf Club, Host of 98th PGA Championship

When the world’s top male golfers gather at the legendary Baltusrol Golf Club this week, they will be playing on numerous turfgrasses developed by Rutgers University… Rutgers has a decades-long record of breeding and cultivating top-performing turfgrasses, according to Bruce B. Clarke, extension specialist in turfgrass pathology and director of Rutgers’ Center for Turfgrass Science, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary… To date, Rutgers has developed more than 400 varieties of turfgrasses and licensed them to more than 20 companies, according William A. Meyer, professor and director of turfgrass breeding at Rutgers… "Anywhere cool-season grasses are being grown in a sports stadium, there’s a very good possibility that it’s a Rutgers grass, maybe not the entire stadium, but part of it," said James A. Murphy, Rutgers’ extension specialist in turfgrass management. "It’s sold all over the world."

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought watch for the northern half of the state… Dave Robinson, New Jersey’s state climatologist at Rutgers University, said the declaration makes sense. "This is a prudent step given that we have had a very hot spell and of late have not had rainfall," he said. "We dodged this action about three weeks ago when we had significant rains sweep through the state, but now we’re seeing the reservoir levels starting to fall again and things dry out. It is prudent to give people a heads up that things are dry and we really do need to conserve water."

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NYC May Be in the Middle of Longest Heat Wave Since 2002

New York City is on track for the longest heat wave since 2002, according to the National Weather Service. The city is in the middle of an eight-day heat streak that began last Thursday and isn’t expected to let up until Friday… "There has been no break for the air conditioners," said David Robinson, a climatologist at Rutgers University. While it’s not unusual for the mercury to spike this time of year, he said temperatures for the past week have been about five degrees hotter than normal. "It’s like adding insult to injury," he said.

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Rutgers Equine Science Center kicks off 15 years of excellence

Close to 100 people attended the 2016 Rutgers Equine Science Center summer showcase in the kickoff celebration of the center’s 15-year anniversary… Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Karyn Malinowski, director of the Equine Science Center, Dr. Wendie Cohick, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, and Dr. Brad Hillman, senior associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and director of research. The event continued with the presentation of a Congressional Certificate from U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) by Sharon Ortepio, chair of the Equine Advisory Board, a part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The center was honored with a ceremonial proclamation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, sponsored by Lillian Burry.

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Heat wave blamed for 6 deaths nationwide, including boy, 12, in Arizona

Dozens of states continue to deal with an unrelenting heat wave that is being blamed for the deaths of six people, including a boy hiking in Arizona, reports say… "It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the nation has been experiencing above normal temperatures for the past week," David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University, tells CBS News.

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Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative Recognizes Eight Stewards of the Raritan River and Bay

2016 awardees, left to right. Front row: Walter Lane and Tara Kenyon of Somerset County Planning Division; Jim Waltman and Kate Hutelmyer of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; Bill Schultz, Raritan Riverkeeper; Rosana Da Silva and Chris Obropta of Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program; Julia Somers of the Highlands Coalition; Larry Jacobs and Beth Davisson; Eric Zwerling. Second row: Cody Obropta, Maithreyi Thukaram, Dominick Cardella, Tyler Obropta, Adam Cucchiara, Kaylene Campbell, Tekla Pontius-Courtney with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program. Third row: Brittany Musolino, Erin Stretz and Mike Pisauro of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; Debbie Mans; Bill Kibler; Michael Catania. Not shown: Candace Ashmun. Photo credit: Nick Romanenko.

2016 awardees, left to right. Front row: Walter Lane and Tara Kenyon of Somerset County Planning Division; Jim Waltman and Kate Hutelmyer of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; Bill Schultz, Raritan Riverkeeper; Rosana Da Silva and Chris Obropta of Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program; Julia Somers of the Highlands Coalition; Larry Jacobs and Beth Davisson; and Eric Zwerling. Second row: Cody Obropta, Maithreyi Thukaram, Dominick Cardella, Tyler Obropta, Adam Cucchiara, Kaylene Campbell and Tekla Pontius-Courtney with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program. Third row: Brittany Musolino, Erin Stretz and Mike Pisauro of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; Debbie Mans; Bill Kibler; and Michael Catania. Not shown: Candace Ashmun. Photo credit: Nick Romanenko.

Extension specialist Chris Obropta and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program Team, along with director of the Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center Eric Zwerling—in his capacity as a Readington Township Board of Education member and chairperson of the Green Committee—were among eight individuals and organizations to receive 2016 Sustainable Raritan River Awards at the 8th Annual Sustainable Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony held at Rutgers on June 10.

“The purpose of these awards is to recognize some of the more creative and impressive accomplishments by genuine leaders throughout the Raritan Watershed,” said Michael Catania, executive director of Duke Farms Foundation and a member of the Sustainable Raritan Awards Committee.

Each year at its Annual Conference, the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative give awards to recognize outstanding achievement in efforts to revitalize, restore and protect the Raritan resources and promote the area as a premiere place to live, work and raise a family.

Rutgers University launched the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative in 2009 to bring together concerned scientists, environmentalists, engineers, businesses, community leaders and governmental entities to craft an agenda that meets the goals of the U.S. Clean Water Act to restore and preserve New Jersey’s Raritan River, its tributaries and its bay. The Initiative, a joint program of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, partners with other Rutgers schools, centers and programs to ensure the best contributions from the sciences, planning and policy. [Read more…]

Dangerous heat wave gripping parts of the U.S.

Americans in 26 states are struggling with heat warnings and advisories as near triple-digit temperatures smother states from New York to California… "It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the nation has been experiencing above normal temperatures for the past week," said David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University.

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The heat is on across N.J. Will records be set?

If you’re drenched with sweat when you’re walking or working outside on Friday, just remember how bad it was exactly five years ago. That’s when New Jersey was sweltering through a brutal summer heat wave, and the mercury on July 22 climbed to a record-shattering 108 degrees at Newark Liberty International Airport… That was, and still is, the hottest temperature on record in Newark and just two degrees shy of the highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the Garden State – 110 degrees, according to New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson at Rutgers University.

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