PortaScience team travels to Rwanda to educate dairy farmers on milk quality

Michael Gavin, president of PortaScience, Inc., recently returned from Rwanda where he participated in the educational segment of a program funded by a grant from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to commercialize a milk quality test for East African small farms…David L. Lee, professor from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the research and outreach arm of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Nathaniel F. Makoni, Ph.D., of the African Breeders Services, Total Cattle Management Ltd. (ABS TCM), joined Gavin in providing educational resources to Rwandan dairy farmers.

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Changes in ocean circulation may dramatically accelerate global climate change

Yair Rosenthal

Yair Rosenthal

Professor of marine sciences Yair Rosenthal co-authored a paper reporting the research findings of an international team that investigated the effects of freshwater input from melting glaciers on the ocean’s thermohaline cycle and its potential impact on climate change. Read about the study at Rutgers Today.

Rutgers Fisheries Research in Mongolia the Subject of Student Film, “The Blue Pearl”

The Mongolian culture has an ingrained traditional respect for water and their cultural practices are aimed at maintaining water quality. The largest lake in Mongolia, known as the Blue Pearl, is sacred to Mongolians. The effects of climate change have had a negative impact on the livelihood of Mongolian herders, who have turned to this lake as a resource for food. Rutgers specialist in fisheries science and aquatic ecology Olaf Jensen has had a long-established research program in Mongolia, home to several endangered salmonids, including a species of grayling (Thymallus nigrescens) found only in Lake Hovsgol and taimen (Hucho taimen), the world’s largest trout. His research in Mongolia is focused on the ecology and conservation of taimen and Hovsgol grayling as well as the aquatic ecosystems on which they depend. Watch this video, edited by Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking student Gabrielle Gatdula, in which Jensen discusses his research in Mongolia.

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New Study Abroad Opportunity for Rutgers Students to Help Turkish Women Farmers

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Rutgers students can take advantage of a new, 3-credit study abroad program this summer in Antalya, Turkey. Empowering Turkish Women Farmers has been added to the growing list of summer International Service Learning programs through the Rutgers Center for Global Education. From May 16 to June 3 this year, students will live in the homes of the women farmers in Boztepe, Turkey, and help with Suzanne’s Project, a program to help women farmers run more profitable farms, as well as develop case studies to be used in future classes. Students will have local excursions near Antalya, Turkey, on the Mediterranean as well as a weekend in Istanbul at the end of the program to visit the major tourist sites, with a Rutgers graduate as a guide.

This study abroad offering program is being coordinated with Akdeniz University, which is located in Antalya, Turkey. An integral part of the course will be observation and participation in Suzanne’s Project, a workshop taught by Robin Brumfield, Rutgers farm management specialist, and Burhan Ozkan, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Akdeniz University. Students can apply for the “Empowering Turkish Women Farmers” program and Rutgers International Service Learning scholarships until March 26. Scroll to the bottom of the page for scholarship information.  Application for additional support through the SEBS Office of International Programs ends on March 1. [Read more...]

Mark Robson to Present Lecture on Sustainable Agricultural Development March 6

Mark Robson

Mark Robson, dean of agricultural and urban programs and professor of plant biology and pathology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, will present the Bloustein School’s 2014 Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, “Rutgers’ Global Reach and Sustainable Agricultural Development: Challenges and Opportunities,” on March 6. He will present research findings from his projects funded by NIH Fogarty, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and USAID. Find out more from the “Blou Blog”.