Better Tasting Strawberry Developed at Rutgers Makes Its Debut

99-204-01 Snyder trial May 31 2013_-9It’s been ten years in the making, but the team that has launched the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry (RSS) knows they have a winner. Coming from retired plant biology professor Gojko Jelenkovic’s 20 years of testing hundreds of varieties to develop a better tasting strawberry, the RSS is the first of several new varieties that are coming to market after several years of field trials on New Jersey farms conducted by Agricultural Agents Pete Nitzsche and Bill Hlubik. Read more at Rutgers Today.

State DEP Continues to Stall Release of Long-Overdue Draft Water-Supply Plan

Increasingly frustrated with the Christie administration for not releasing the latest draft of a water-supply plan developed three years ago, the state’s Water Supply Advisory Council once again called on the state DEP to release some of its findings so the council can get down to business… Dan Van Abs, a Rutgers professor who is a technical adviser to the Council, said New Jersey’s projected population by 2040 has risen sharply, mostly because of immigration, to 10.4 million from 8.9 million at the time of the last Water Supply Plan in 1996, and so the updated document needs to reflect that. Van Abs also is an NJ Spotlight columnist… The previous report contained a series of revisions based on the one previous edition, in 1982, Van Abs said. By contrast, the new document, whenever it is issued, will not reflect periodical updates. "That process did not continue," he said.

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Tips on How to Survive the Pollen Explosion This Spring

This article was written by Leonard Bielory, M.D., an allergy specialist with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers University… The month of May brings with it two things: Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the official emergence of New Jerseyans from their homes to enjoy the warm spring weather… More people now than ever before suffer from allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about 50 million people in the United States are affected by seasonal allergies. On top of that, allergy-induced asthma affects more than 10 million asthma sufferers, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, below are some tips to make your spring season a little more bearable…

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‘Worrisome’ Dry Spell in Monmouth, Northern Ocean

The largely gorgeous weather in recent weeks has led to a growing dry spell that now covers about half the Garden State. That could spell trouble later. The dry spell encompasses North and Central Jersey, including nearly all of Monmouth County and part of northern Ocean County, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor… "It’s particularly worrisome when you see this in the middle of May because last year, like it or not, we had a flood on the first of May from very heavy rain on the 30th of April," said David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist based at Rutgers University… Robinson said nearly everywhere in the state has received less than a third of an inch of rain since a storm on April 20 and 21. That’s about 10 percent of the norm of about 3 inches. It’s also been largely warmer than normal with low humidity, he said.

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Heavy Traffic Expected for Rutgers Commencement May 17

Heavy traffic is expected for Rutgers’ 249th commencement, which will begin, rain or shine, at 12:30 p.m. May 17 at High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway… The Rutgers University-New Brunswick ceremony is expected to conclude around 2 p.m. and will be followed by collegiate and departmental convocations and receptions on the Busch and Livingston campuses in Piscataway, and on the College Avenue and Cook/Douglass campuses in New Brunswick. The School of Arts and Sciences’s convocation also is scheduled for 3 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium… On May 18, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy’s convocation is scheduled in the College Avenue Gym at 10 a.m. The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences’ convocation is scheduled on the Cook Campus at 10 a.m. The School of Social Work will hold its convocation in the RAC at 3 p.m., the Graduate School of Education will hold its ceremony in the College Avenue Gym at 4:30 p.m. and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will stage its graduation at the State Theatre at 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate delays on Nichol Avenue, College Farm Road, Ryders Lane and George Street.

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