Zika Virus: What New Jersey Residents Should Know

Common Mosquito Pest Aedes vexansRandy Gaugler and Ary Faraji of the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology take an in-depth look at the Zika virus and what New Jersey’s residents need to know about the recent outbreak. Read more at the Center’s blog.

Opinion: Let Flint Strike Sparks to Address Water-Supply Problems in NJ

Flint is a failure of responsibility, ethics, and morality. Can the unacceptable happen to our water-supply systems? Let’s start with the fundamentals about the water-supply debacle in Flint, MI, where water customers have been exposed to completely unacceptable levels of lead, a neurotoxin. Lead can leach out of water-supply lines within and leading to buildings from the municipal system, and from lead used to join pipe sections both in buildings and in the municipal system. Our nation’s water-supply professionals — operators, engineers, chemists, planners, managers, and regulators — are fully aware of methods necessary to protect customers from lead in the water supply… Daniel J. Van Abs is currently Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society and Environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Battle to keep crippling Zika virus out of NJ

Paul Mayerowitz of Ocean Township was six days into a Mexico vacation with only one mention of mosquitoes – during an excursion into a jungle nature preserve… Zika is carried through the bite of the tropical dwelling Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito, which also carried yellow fever and Dengue fever, has been found in New Jersey but is more common in warmer states like Texas, Florida and Louisiana, said Dina Fonseca, an entomologist at Rutgers University.

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Hot Topics Tackled At Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention

From GMOs to food safety, and much more. That’s what the first day of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention had in store for attendees. The show, which is held in Hershey, PA, through Thursday, Feb. 4, wasted no time covering hot topics such as GMOs in one of the first educational sessions… Tackling the GMO perception issue was William Hallman, who has doctorate in experimental psychology and works in the department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. He pointed out that when consumers are asked about GMOs, the answers are largely based on how the questions are asked, which can be confusing… For growers, however, the Produce Safety Rule is what needs to be followed as the final rule has gone into effect. According to Wes Kline, agriculture Extension agent at Rutgers University, the good news for growers is most have some time to get their ducks in a row, so to speak. For some, the time frame to be in compliance may be as much as a few years.


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Rutgers Gardens Incorporates Student Farm for Outreach and Learning Opportunities

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

A student run farm that has operated at the Hort Farm since 1993 will re-emerge across the lane at Rutgers Gardens. The Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs will offer a sequence of interdisciplinary courses involving the organic farm. It also will provide the foundation for a broad spectrum of community outreach and programs, student research opportunities and entrepreneurial pursuits. Read more at Rutgers Today.