Rutgers Researchers Working On Cobalt Study

The U.S. Trotting Association announced it will fund a research study by renowned equine researchers Dr. George Maylin from Morrisville State College in New York and Dr. Karyn Malinowski and Dr. Ken McKeever of Rutgers University in New Jersey to evaluate the effects of cobalt on red blood cell production (erythropoiesis) and performance enhancement in horses… "The purpose is to study the effects of cobalt on racehorses with the exercise physiology model used by Dr. McKeever to study drugs such as EPO," explained Dr. Maylin. "It’s the only way to assess the pharmacological effects with this type of compound. It will be a dose-response study to see if some level of cobalt has an effect on performance."… According to the study plan, 50 mg of cobalt (Co HCl in one liter of saline) will be administered at 9 a.m. on three consecutive days. Blood samples will be obtained before and at one, two, four and 24 hours after administration.

Read the entire article at www.sboanj.com »

Two Solutions That Cut Down on Fossil Fuels

This article was written by Paul Falkowski, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences… The headline in the New York Times reads "Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis Underscores Government’s Disarray." It seems that the Lebanese government is unable to collect and dispose of the garbage in Beirut and the waste is piling up across the city… Garbage smells bad, and in the heat of summer, with wafts of rotting meat and vegetables blowing across the city, it is hardly surprising that the citizens of Beirut are getting very frustrated at the lack of leadership… In preparing a short "TED talk" type lecture for the upcoming Positive Economy conference in France, I gathered some slides from the recent National Academy of Science report on geoengineering climate. I sat on the panel that issued the two reports. There were two because there are two "solutions" for continued, unabated burning of fossil fuels. And if you really need to know — we aren’t running out of fossil fuels anytime soon — at least not for a century.

Read the entire article at www.huffingtonpost.com »

Growing A Better Strawberry in NJ {VIDEO}

Something sweet and new now grows in New Jersey. Imagine if there was a way to create the perfect food. Scientists at Rutgers have created what they say is the ultimate strawberry. If you bite into one, you’ll notice that it’s not just red on the outside but it is red all the way through… On the outside, it may look like an ordinary strawberry. But in fact it is the work of agricultural scientists at Rutgers University trying to create the perfect strawberry. It is called the Rutgers Scarlet… The team at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in New Brunswick set off to create the perfect tasting strawberry. But first, years of trial and error complicated further by the fact the strawberry is no ordinary fruit.

Read the entire article at www.fox5ny.com »

Rutgers Tomato Quest Takes Center Stage at Annual Great Tomato Tasting

How do you like your tomatoes – tangy, sweet, juicy, tart? There was a variety for every preference Wednesday at the Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Farm in Hunterdon County… The Rutgers agricultural extension farm has been growing 152 varieties of tomatoes this year, from extra large beefsteak varieties to tiny cherry and grape tomatoes… Tent 5, with its red and white-striped canopy, had some special tomatoes to offer. Several varieties are vying for the honor of being the new Rutgers Tomato. Rutgers scientists have been asking the public to sample three attempts to recreate the famous Jersey tomato first bred by Rutgers and Campbell Soup Co. in the 1930s… "We remade the original," said Pete Nitzsche, an agricultural agent in Morris County who helped to organize the day’s events. In Tent 5, tasters could vote for which of the final varieties they liked the best.

Read the entire article at www.nj.com »

County 4-H Members Compete at State Horse Show

Congratulations to six 4-H horse club members who represented Cape May County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 21-23, at the Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern in Allentown… 2015 4-H Senior Equestrian of the Year Kelly Suter, of Lower Township represented Cape May County in the NJ State 4-H Equestrian of the Year Contest in Monmouth County Aug. 15. She was awarded a 3rd-Place Runner-Up ribbon at state horse show opening ceremonies Aug. 21… "The competing 4-H’ers are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows," says Linda Horner, Acting 4-H Agent. She continued, "I am especially proud of our state competitors this year. It was their first trip to the championship show for all of them but Kelly Suter."… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Read the entire article at www.capemaycountyherald.com »