2015 NJAES Annual Report Available for New Jersey Stakeholders

NJAES 2015 Annual Report coverThe 2015 NJAES Annual Report, produced by the Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources Robert Goodman, was unveiled on Feb. 11 at the final day of the New Jersey Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City.

The report highlights the research and extension activities of the experiment station under the six broad categories of commercial agriculture; environment and natural resources; fisheries and aquaculture; food, nutrition and health; home, lawn and garden; and youth and community development. In addition, the key areas of economic development and fundraising support round out a comprehensive look at the impact of NJAES on the lives of NJ residents, communities, and businesses. For your copy, contact the SEBS & NJAES Office of CommunicationsView the interactive 2015 NJAES Annual Report.

Let’s End the Peril of a Nuclear Winter

In the early 1980s, American and Russian scientists working together outlined a stark vision of the Cold War future. In a battle between the two superpowers, smoke from fires ignited by nuclear explosions would be so dense that it would block out the sun, turning the earth cold, dark and dry, killing plants and preventing agriculture for at least a year… Alan Robock is a professor of environmental sciences at Rutgers University.

Read the entire article at The New York Times »

Why the feds are interested in the bugs in your Valentine’s flowers

Before Valentine’s Day shoppers pick up that floral bouquet for their sweethearts, a small army of federal agents behind the scenes made sure that the gift was a beautiful gift of cut flowers, and nothing else. Particularly, no Tetranychus sp., Aphididae or Agromyzidae… But there are other substances, including fungi and bacteria, that also need to be kept out, said Dr. Rong Di, an assistant research professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University.

Read the entire article at NJ.com »

Opinion: Flint Is a Wake-Up Call for New Jersey and for the Nation

New Jersey communities are not experiencing Flint’s dire public-health crisis. However, while our water systems are better managed and regulated, they share many of the same underlying issues, and are crying out for action… As Rutgers Professor Daniel J. Van Abs wrote in Ripple Effects, "In most cases, lead does not come from the treatment plant or distribution system itself, but rather from customer service pipes and plumbing."

Read the entire article at NJ Spotlight »

More damaging floods happening more often

You’re not imagining things, South Jersey. The tides are getting higher, the flooding is getting worse and the frequency of both is increasing… "What appears to be routine flooding now is a combination of lunar events and the occurrence of storms," said Michael Kennish, a research professor with the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. "Those are the primary drivers."

Read the entire article at Press of Atlantic City »