Award-Winning Organic Land Care Course Offered in January

Photos of landscaping for Organic Landcare siteMany New Jersey homeowners want to keep their yard maintained in a way that doesn’t harm the environment of pose risk to their family’s health. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Course is a 5-day class for landscapers and land care providers. Over 20 Extension professionals and industry experts help teach the course which focuses on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

This program was recognized with the Environmental Stewardship award by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association at the Green Expo in Atlantic City in December. The Environmental Stewardship award is presented in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation. The Organic Land Care working group is comprised of extension faculty and staff, government staff, and industry professionals that have come together to create this program under Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s leadership. [Read more…]

Christmas Day 2014 Marks 50th Anniversary of Rutgers Professor’s Groundbreaking Innovation in Ag

The air inflated plastic greenhouse increases food security in third world countries where it is used extensively to extend their growing seasons. Locally, the flowers we buy in full bloom, the flats of vegetable and herb transplants for springtime planting and local vegetables grown in plastic covered greenhouses to extend the early or late seasons, can be produced locally and economically.

The air inflated plastic greenhouse increases food security in third world countries where it is used extensively to extend the growing season. In the US, the flowers we buy in full bloom and the flats of vegetable and herb transplants for springtime planting can be produced locally and economically in these greenhouses.

It was Christmas morning of 1964 when Bill Roberts was tinkering in his basement when he was supposed to be doing something else. The now retired Rutgers NJAES specialist in agricultural engineering was building a model greenhouse in his basement when he used an aquarium air pump to separate the two layers of the plastic film covering. As innocuous as it may seem, what Roberts did was actually an innovation that would be a boon to the agricultural industry and revolutionize the use of greenhouses worldwide. Back from winter break, the work commenced on campus in 1965 with a structure on Cook campus that served as the first ever air-inflated, double-layer polyethylene greenhouse. That original structure still stands on campus and in 2004, the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE), dedicated the structure as an ASABE Historic Landmark. Read the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association’s anniversary tribute and more about this historic innovation that was developed at Rutgers.

Adapting to Shifts in Marine Species Due to Climate Change Research Available on New Website

Malin Pinsky

Malin Pinsky

During the past 18 months, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution Malin Pinsky has published two papers documenting and exploring the implications of the trend of marine species shifting to cooler waters as a result of climate change. He and his team have found that the shift northward is happening at different rates among the species not because of their biological differences but due to the rate and direction of climate change in their waters. A new website has been created with the data behind this research available to explain how the ecology, business and economics of sport and commercial fishing are connected to the effects of global warming and the difficulty in adapting to the resulting changes. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Big Ten Network Spotlights Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club

The four legged students attending Rutgers earn a special degree. Watch the Big Ten Network “LiveBIG” YouTube feature of the Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club.

Video: 2014-15 LiveBIG: Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club

Dipak K. Sarkar Named Board of Governors Professor

Board of Governors Professor Dipak K. Sarkar

Board of Governors Professor Dipak K. Sarkar

Dipak K. Sarkar, a distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, has been named by the Rutgers University Board of Governors as a Board of Governors Professor on December 9. The professorship was established to recognize exceptional scholarship and accomplishment by a faculty member at the full professorial rank. Sarkar is also director of the endocrine program at SEBS and director of the biomedical division of Rutgers’ Center of Alcohol Studies. His research focuses on understanding how stress promotes infection, cancers and alcohol-related diseases. He and his team also evaluate the feasibility of cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue-specific gene targeting procedures to understand and prevent stress-related problems and cancers in normal and alcoholic patients. Read more at Rutgers Today.